Transparent plastic waterproof pouch for escape kit maps and compass : Warrant Officer R Forbes, 42 Squadron RAAF

Accession Number REL25142.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Plastic
Date made c 1939-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Transparent yellow plastic pouch with fold in and roll down opening fitted with a press stud tab. Marked on plastic 'FOLD ON LINES / AND ROLL TIGHTLY / CLOSE SNAP'. Probably military issue.

History / Summary

Part of an escape kit issued to and carried by 424171 Flight Sergeant R Forbes who was the navigator of Catalina A24-97 of 42 Squadron RAAF on operations around Manila on 14 December 1944. This aircraft was responsible for jamming Japanese radar while 19 other RAAF Catalinas mined the entrance to Manila Harbour in an attempt to confine a group of Japanese Navy vessels. The operation achieved its objective. He claims that this was the first time 'window' was used in the Pacific theatre, by any nation. Ten days after the mission he was promoted to Warrant Officer. He completed two tours of duty serving with 71, 32 and 48 Squadrons, RAAF. He later served in Vietnam in Logistic Support.