Four Australian air crew stand between a plane and a truck. Left to right;Douglas (no further ...

Accession Number P02480.010
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Date made c November 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Four Australian air crew stand between a plane and a truck. Left to right;Douglas (no further details known); 402087 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt, later Flight Lieutenant [Flt Lt]) Gordon Sumner Hissey, Wireless Operator/Air gunner of Sydney, NSW; 400020 Pilot Officer (PO, later Flt Lt) Archibald Paterson, DFC, Observer, of Melbourne, Vic; 013069 (404095) Flying Officer (FO, later Squadron Leader) Henry Daintree Foot, Pilot of Qld. Flt Lt Paterson received his Distinguished Flying Cross for duties of a high standard while flying in the Mediterranean theatre.
These airmen all served at the same time in the same squadrons in the Middle East, including RAF 39 Squadron, 203 Squadron and the Middle East Training School. On 21 July 1945, Flt Lt Paterson was accidentally killed in a ground accident at Lake Belmont, Lake Macquarie while serving with 11 Squadron, RAAF (Donor A. Penman)