Wallet 2 of 5 - A publication and papers relating to John Rutherford Gordon, 1918-1943

Accession Number AWM2020.22.36
Collection number PR82/067
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 1
Object type Papers
Physical description 216 Image/s captured
Maker Gordon, John Rutherford
Place made Australia
Date made 1918-1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Collection relating to the First World War, Interwar and Second World War service and post-war life of 250854 Wing Commander John Rutherford Gordon MC, No. 3 Initial Training School, Royal Australian Air Force, (formerly Second Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps), 1914-1975.

Wallet 2 of 5 - Contains a copy of the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. 185 published on 27 November 1918 in which John Rutherford Gordon's award for the Military Cross is recorded on page 2260, and three folders of papers written and compiled by Gordon in his role as Commanding Officer of No. 3 Initial Training School at Kingaroy in Queensland during the Second World War, as described below.

Folder 1 of 3 - Contains an assortment of papers pertaining to lectures and the instruction of trainees attached to No. 3 Initial Training School at Kingaroy Aerodrome. The papers cover subjects ranging from the Empire Air Training Scheme and Initial Air Training Schools to defences schemes and security at Kingaroy Aerodrome, administration, discipline, leave and wills.

Folder 2 of 3 - Comprises File 907/3/P1 containing correspondence and papers relating to a car accident at Kingaroy on 21 January 1943 involving five members of the Royal Australian Air Force and two members from the Australian Army that resulted in three fatalities; 94232 Aircraftwoman Dorothy May Ward, 425961 Aircraftman 2 James Hope Paynter and NX36129 Driver Leslie Thomas Stout. The file includes telegrams to the families of those involved in the accident and letters of condolence to the families of the deceased as well as letters from the parents of two of the deceased, S.G.G. Ward and Hope C. Paynter, in addition to a letter from Winifred Meadham, the sister of casualty Vincent Thomas Fay. The file also includes reports and a variety of other papers relating to the accident, and three duplicate newspaper clippings of an article titled "3 Dead, 5 Hurt; Kingaroy Smash" published by "The Courier Mail" on 23 January 1943.

Folder 3 of 3 - Contains papers largely pertaining to the Department of Air and No. 3 Initial Training School during 1942 and 1943. Items include a transcript of a broadcast by the Minister for Air Arthur Drakeford in March 1943, a press release relating to a Distinguished Flying Medal awarded to 400019 Sergeant Reginald Daly Mohr, a transcript of a lecture on physical fitness in the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force, and a foreign airport description of Kingaroy Aerodrome sent to US Forces. Papers pertaining to No. 3 Initial Training School include a report on activities at Kingaroy Aerodrome during Christmas and New Year 1942/43, a weekly ration statement for Kingaroy Aerodrome during this period, and several balance sheets for the Sergeant's Mess at the aerodrome. The folder also includes an application for discharge of 434088 Leading Aircraftman Robert John Johnston, and papers concerning the district court martial of 68760 Aircraftman 1 Alfred John Hockday.