Wallet 1 of 1 - Diary relating to the service of Walter Ingelram Balfour-Ogilvy

Accession Number AWM2019.22.132
Collection number PR06243
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 80 Image/s captured
Maker Balfour-Ogilvy, Walter Ingelram
Place made New Guinea1: Papua New Guinea, Papua
Date made 1943-1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Diary relating to the Second World War service of 9084 Warrant Officer Walter Ingelram Balfour-Ogilvy, Royal Australian Air Force. The diary contains entries spanning from 1 June 1943 to 25 October 1944. It is written on unbound, blank RAAF forms and contains fairly regular entries. In his entries Balfour-Ogilvy focusses on everyday life around camp on Goodenough Island in Papua New Guinea. Common subjects include the weather, particularly the amount of rain, letters to and from home, the indigenous population, aircraft spotted such as Kittyhawks and Beauforts, and the regular bombing raids carried out by the Allies and the Japanese. Also mentioned are the Battle of the Bismark Sea, descriptions of the island and its surrounds, and the regular entertainment put on for soldiers.