Group portrait of members of No 31 Squadron RAAF assembled on and in front of one of the unit's ...

Place Oceania: Australia, Northern Territory, Coomalie
Accession Number P02273.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Negative
Maker Kemp
Place made Australia: Northern Territory, Coomalie Creek
Date made October 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Group portrait of members of No 31 Squadron RAAF assembled on and in front of one of the unit's Bristol Beaufighter aircraft. Left to right: back row: Nicholls; unknown; Morton; Melling; 404008 Flying Officer (FO) Martin Edward Ryan; Rogeriero; Greene; Crouch.
Fifth row: Corporal (Cpl) Menzies; Hocking; Hinch; Raphael; 82592 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) David Annandale; 434071 Warrant Officer (WO) John Nicholson Wilson.
Fourth row (under nose): 434416 Corporal (Cpl) Sydney Vance ‘Sonny’ Davis; Mick Tucker; Saxelby; 53034 LAC Samuel Proctor; unknown; Henderson.
Third row: Sergeant (Sgt) Williams; WO Holland; unknown; 437810 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) David Ernest Finlay (later WO); 44409 Pilot Officer (PO) Harry Moo (later FO); PO M Broderick; Flt Sgt McKenzie; 32784 FO Frederick Bertram Anderson; 421883 Flt Sgt John Leslie Brassil; 436776 FO Keith Packham (later died in a POW camp in the Celebes, Netherlands West Indies on 31 March, 1945; WO Warner; unknown; LAC Watson.
Second row: 418964 PO Thomas Lewis Linney (later FO); 413731 FO Ronald Stewart Bullen; 406722 PO Robert Bennett Lasscock (later Flt Flt); 415188 Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) Sydney Robert Twyford Sippe; 400691 Squadron Leader John A’Beckett Penleigh Boyd, Commanding Officer; Flight Lieutenant Ludlow Vernon Archer; 412699 WO William Scott Rinkin (later FO); 416465 Flt Lt Douglas Roy Taylor (later killed on flying operations over Celebes, Indonesia on 1 February 1945); 426287 PO Lloyd Francis Ritchie (later died in an accident in Darwin on 24 September 1944); 406440 Flt Lt Jack Gibbings.
Front row: LAC Woodyatt; 13099 Cpl Roy Bowden; McGill; Hopkins; Williams; 36178 Flt Sgt Jack Fraser, who is holding the squadron's mascot dog 'Blue'; Reynolds; 433513 Flt Sgt Ronald George Smith (later died in an aircraft accident off Broome, Western Australia on 18 September 1944); Reeve; Flemming; Jukes; Sharpe.