John Piper DFC as a flight lieutenant, 75 Squadron RAAF, interviewed by Dr Hank Nelson for The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the War of 1939-1945.

Place Oceania: New Guinea
Accession Number S00577
Collection type Sound
Measurement 2 hr 28 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description audio cassette; unbranded C95; two track mono
Maker Piper, John Walter Wedgwood
Place made Australia: Victoria, Violet Town
Date made 21 March 1989
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to The Keith Murdoch Sound Archive of Australia in the war of 1939-45
Description

John Walter Wedgwood Piper (250828) DFC as a flight lieutenant, 75 Squadron RAAF, discusses the following: Birth, family and education; religion and early employment; joining Light Horse militia; enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF); flying training at Essendon, then on Hawker Demons at Point Cook; high training fatality rates; posted to No. 22 Squadron at Richmond NSW; flying Wirraways; gunnery training; posted to a RAF squadron in Singapore, flying Buffalos which were a poor aeroplane; offer of P-38 Lightnings turned down; taking aircraft to Townsville; formation of No.75 Squadron there; fatalities flying P-40 Kittyhawks from Bankstown NSW to Archerfield QLD; Kittyhawk characteristics; No.75 Sqn pilots and training; transfer to Port Moresby, Seven Mile Airfield very primitive, morale, damages P-40 whilst strafing; WOff Bill Matson, maintenance specialist; Kittyhawk operations; relations between squadron personnel; American/Australian relations; possibility of being PoW; picking up more P-40s in Australia; Milne Bay and the Japanese attack; No.76 Sqn; disease in PNG; accommodation; crash ending his flying career; service with RAAF Intelligence; US equipment; leadership problems between different countries in PNG; awarded the DFC; deficiency of meteorological information and mapping.

Places mentioned include: Melbourne, Gippsland, Ivanhoe, Sale, Torquay, Essendon, Bankstown, Archerfield, Townsville, Ross River, Bohley Weir, Gili Gili Plantation; Adelaide; Malaya: Sungai Putani (21 SQN), PNG: Port Moresby, Lae, Horn Island, Milne Bay.
People mentioned: Pilot Officer Humphries, Charlie Pratt, Andrew Barr, Eggleston, Roy Goon, Les Jackson, Ron McDonald, Bruce Anderson, Wing Commander Johnny Lerew, Peter Jeffrey, Richard Bong, Geoff Atherton, Peter Turnbull, John Jackson, Barry Cox, Leigh Vial, Ozzie Channon, Blue Truscott, Admiral Halsey, William "Bill" Newton.

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