Kildea, Sydney (Leading Aircraftman, b.1921)

Accession Number PR00913
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Diary
Maker Kildea, Jeff
Kildea, Sydney
Walters, Chris
Place made New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua
Date made 1942; 1943; 1992; 1995
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 90/1707
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Collection related to No 62202 Leading Aircraftman Sydney Kildea, RAAF. Includes original diary kept by LAC Syd Kildea of No 1 Mobile Works Squadron (Special Works Force), RAAF, and covers the period from 24 July 1942 when Kildea embarked on board the "Abiel Foster" in Melbourne bound for Port Moresby, to 3 November 1942 in Papua New Guinea during the Kokoda campaign. It details the grounding of the "Abiel Foster" off the North Queensland coast, Japanese bombing attacks against Port Moresby and a "biscuit bombing" resupply mission aboard an American DC-3 named "Irene" which almost ended in disaster. Also included is printed and illustrated transcript of the diary; a summary of No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron; a No 5 MWS RAAF Sergeants Mess menu from dinner from 15th May 1943 on Goodenough Island; a printed copy of RAAF Works Maintenance Unit and Airfield Construction Squadron ex-members group bulletin for Christmas 1992; two copies of a No 5 Airfield Construction Squadron report "Moresby to Borneo"; and two pages from a newsletter "Flying Shovel Weekly" with an attached accompanying letter.