Group portrait of pilots of No. 78 (Kittyhawk) Squadron RAAF who figured in biggest RAAF-Japanese ...

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Accession Number OG1080
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative nitrate other
Maker Harrison, John Thomas
Place made Netherlands East Indies: Dutch New Guinea, Humboldt Bay, Hollandia
Date made 3 June 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Group portrait of pilots of No. 78 (Kittyhawk) Squadron RAAF who figured in biggest RAAF-Japanese air battle since Milne Bay when they shot down eight certain, one probable and two damaged Japanese aircraft over Biak. Identified, left to right: front row: Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) R. S. Osment, Melbourne, Vic (arms folded); Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) John Geoffrey Norman Gadsden, Melbourne, Vic (later killed in a flying accident with No 2 OTU on 25 Oct 1944; Flt Sgt R. Cowley, Brisbane, Qld; Flying Officer (FO) Gordon Horace White, Perth, WA, who topscored with two certainties and one probable (he was later killed on 8 August 1944 whilst on operations over Dutch New Guinea); Flt Sgt J G Harvey, Melbourne, Vic; FO Raymond Edward Barker, Bowen, Qld. Back row: Flt Lt Geoffrey O'Halloran Giles, Adelaide, SA; Flt Lt Douglas Roy Baker, Sydney, NSW; Flt Sgt Clifford Lucas Irvine Smith, Sydney, NSW; Flt Lt John Carmichael Griffith, Albury, NSW (later killed in a ground accident in New Guinea on 2 December 1944; Flt Sgt E. J. O’Connell, Cowra, NSW (later killed in a flying accident at No 2 OTU on 25 Oct 1944 ); Flt Sgt D. A. Smyth, Sydney, NSW; Flt Sgt I. Mckenzie, Cressy, Vic; FO N. P. Blessing, Gladstone, SA.