Album relating to the service of Warrant Officer John Geoffrey Orr RAAF, No. 51 Squadron, RAF

Accession Number AWM2018.874.2
Collection type Photograph
Object type Album
Date made 1941 - 1946
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Photograph album documenting the service of 426755 Warrant Officer (WO) John Geoffrey (Geoff) Orr RAAF, (later AM), No. 51 Squadron, RAF. WO Orr served in Bomber Command after training in Australia, Canada, the USA, and the UK. A navigator, he was shot down over Germany and became a prisoner of war at Stalag IIIA Luckenwalde.
Photographs in the album include: RAAF personnel during periods of training in Australia, including Course 30A, images of unidentified family and friends, swimming and picnics in Australia; the interior of a Lancaster bomber; a training camp at Edmonton, Canada, and scenes of downtown Edmonton, including the Navy-Army-Wings Club and Manning Depot; and numerous portraits of WO Orr with his friend 429368 Flying Officer James Ross Wyllie. RAAF personnel are pictured at Coventry, Oxford, Enstone and York. Names mentioned in captions include Wood, Walsh, Pryor, Wong-Hoy, Neindorf, White, Porter, Garvey, Nowill, Levey, Fisher, Shay, Illa, 'Stan J', 'Glynn C', Cy Borscht, 'Bunny' Robertson, George 'Talty' McKeane (probably 429377 Pilot Officer George McKean), Bernie O'Connell, and the Soutons. The album also includes many commercial and tourist photographs of Townsville, Lismore, Sydney, Canadian cities and landmarks, Jasper National Park, Banff, New York, Crieff and Scotland, Dublin, Clovelly (Devon), Blackpool. Several unidentified personnel are pictured on the last page of the album under a heading 'not to return'.

13 loose photographs in the collection include an outdoor group portrait of the Halifax crew with whom WO Orr flew: 425610 FO Russell James Crane (the crew's bomb aimer); 'Paddy'; Flying Officer Gilbert Ian Hodgson, RNZAF; 'Bob', 'Dave'; the grave of FO Hodgson, 'Bob' and 'Allan', near Nordhorn, 1945; portrait of Betty dedicated to Geoff, 1943; Reichswald Forest war cemetery in Cleves, Germany; and a group photograph of a family with whom FO Orr billeted who produced sweets in Pontefract.