Large group portrait of pilots and administrative staff of No. 77 Squadron RAAF assembled on and ...

Place Oceania: New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay, Turnbull Airstrip (Milne Bay)
Accession Number P01868.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Maker Unknown
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay
Date made April 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Large group portrait of pilots and administrative staff of No. 77 Squadron RAAF assembled on and in front of one of the squadron’s Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk aircraft, at Gurney airstrip. Left to right: Back row (standing on wings): 415463 Sergeant (Sgt) John Bradley; 411561 Sgt H. G. West; 411728 Sgt L. R. T. Ballard; 411067 Sgt Max Holdsworth; 412262 Sgt B. A. Nott; 408587 Sgt A. C. McKenzie-King; 408263 Sgt Colin Laing; 416350 Sgt P. R. McEwan; 411823 Sgt R. F. Piper; 412695 Sgt G. B. Rich; 411937 Sgt A. J. Noldart; 408753 Sgt J. B. O'Connor; 411779 Sgt P. A. Haydon. Middle row: 6655 Pilot Officer (PO) L. E. Morris (Staff Duties, Operations Room); 5449 Flying Officer (FO) Elliott (Navigation Officer); 400793 FO John Grey Gorton (later Prime Minister of Australia); 407235 FO G. S. Gratton; 408700 PO (later Flying Officer) Thomas Philip Power (killed in an accident at Mildura, Vic on 17 August 1943); 416098 FO D. H. Kelly; 411495 FO J. A. T. Hodgkinson; 408576 FO (later Flight Lieutenant) John Carmichall Griffith (killed in a ground accident in New Guinea on 2 December 1944); 411111 FO S. E. Armstrong; 6213 (286213) PO A. L. Shannon (Defence Officer); 408717 PO C. I. Winter-Irving; 118460 PO Herbert William (Bert) Smith (Operations Officer); 416186 FO (later Flight Lieutenant) Alan Wallace Campbell Morrison (killed in an accident south of Misdol Island on 10 October, 1944); J6206 FO T. W. ("Tom") Watson, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Front row: 407120 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) J. C. Hastwell; 835 (260835) Flt Lt H. H. Schaeffer; 406092 Flt Lt H. V. Shearn; 787 (290787) Flt Lt J. A. Cox; 730 (250730) Flt Lt R. C. M. Kimpton; 1654 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) S. M. L. Dunstone, Medical Officer (MO); 579 Flt Lt G. R. Shave; Sqn Ldr R. C. ("Dick") Cresswell; 641 (250641) Flt Lt D. M. Sproule (later Squadron Leader Daryl Maxwell Sproule, died as a result of execution in a prisoner of war camp on New Britain on 16 August 1943); 682 (250682) Flt Lt P. R. Johnstone; 400085 Flt Lt P. G. (“Pat”) Gleeson; 731 Flt Lt I. R. Kinross; 406068 Flt Lt W. W. G. Meecham; 406083 Flt Lt R. P. Sudlow.