Collection relating to the service of 432886 Edward Philip Telford Simpson

Accession Number P02531.008
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative
Place made Pacific Islands: Bismarck Archipelago, New Britain, Cape Gloucester
Date made 15 April 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Part of a special ceremony during which the `Order of the Pig's Arse and Six Bars' was conferred upon Captain Art Claffy (far left, sitting in the rear seat of the aircraft) of the United States Marine Corps. Captain Claffy has just arrived from the `intrepid flight' in a Wirraway. Standing in front of the aircraft is Captain Chaseling holding a makeshift wooden sword `doing the present' with a guard of honour. The ceremony was a social occasion designed to relieve monotony.