RAAF Marine Section, New Guinea c 1944, HMS King George V, Port Melbourne, circa October November 1945 and Melbourne Cup 1945

Accession Number F04794
Collection type Film
Measurement 32 min
Object type Home movie
Physical description 16mm/b&w and colour (Kodachrome)/silent
Maker Lucas, William John
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, New Guinea: Huon Peninsula, Finschhafen, Finschhafen area, New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Madang Province, Madang, New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua, Milne Bay
Date made 1944-1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

RAAF Marine Section boat 015.91 being lowered onto the water by a large crane. RAAF officer in winter uniform. Landing barge moving past small vessels - many LSTs (Landing Ship Tank) at anchor - film taken from RAN ship. LSTs and other ships at sea. Signalling by flags. Bill Lucas using sextant. Large naval gun being loaded. Bofors 40mm manned. Depth charges in rack. Bill Lucas trying out 20 mm Oelikon gun on RAN ship. USAAF B-29 Superfortress bomber parked on airstrip. Captured Japanese Zero fighter. RAAF Spitfire sporting shark's mouth nose art. RAAF Command Advanced Headquarters. Torpedo on deck of USN PT boat No. 175. Hospital ship No. 40. RAN ship under way. Air attack by Japanese single engine aircraft and firing of ship's 20mm Oerlikon autocannon. Catalina buzzes ships. Pay parade on RAN ship at sea. Bill Lucas in raft testing and emergency radio with balloon to lift aerial Gibson Girl" radio 100 miles from Madang - not successfull - telescopic replaced balloon. United States base - baseball game - thousands of spectators. Milne Bay war cemetery - Bill Lucas pointing to memorial. Scene taken form ship coming along side jetty - native children floating in water - native village. Aerial shot of rugged mountains - devoid of trees. Coconut palms with canopy destroyed. USAAF C-47 taking off. Natives unloading timber poles from trucks. ANGAU district H.Q Madang New Guinea. Bill Lucas alongside sign. Northern RAAF Command HQ. RAAF Marine Section boat with diver about to descend. Wrecked and partially sunken ship. Slipway - Marine Section boat 02.1. Natives diving. Natives clearing around buildings. Aerial - landing on steel sheeted runway. Cartoon sign "Gloucester" on US hut. "Salon de Poudre" sign on US hut. Aerial of base showing Lockheed Lightnings and B-26 Marauders. Finschaffen airport passenger building. Nadzab Nancy truck. Aerial of high rugged mountains. Aerial of large US base. Air pump being operated. Men using gas mask as diving airmask. Marine Section boat. USN LST with large eyes painted on bow. US DUKW. Graves registration service - church - stack of coffins. US C-46 aircraft wreck in shallow water alongside jetty. Captured Japanese heavy coastal gun. [End of B&W and start of Colour]. Aerial view of unidentified island. American airman with pet monkey on his shoulder. Aerial small islands. Ships at anchor. Palm trees and New Guinea villagers. Outrigger canoe with outboard motor. RAAF Marine Section landing barge. Base alongside the ocean. Natives carrying supplies also children. US tanks - busy small port - large group of landing barges. B-24 Liberator bomber landing on runway. Outrigger canoe. Small ships aground. Base - inspecting knocked out Japanese tanks partially submerged on the beach. Unexploded bomb being handled on the beach. LSTs Nos. 912 and 936. Outrigger canoes with shelters. Flight Lieutenant Lucas along side Japanese steam roller. Liberator nose art - "Photo Queen" "Hangover Haven II". Lockheed Lightning fuselage. Low flight over the ocean. Papuan Police boy. Flying boat. Large square sail on native boat. Exchange with natives of fish for unidentified goods. Aerial looking down on the shore and islands. Landing at airstrip. Australian War Cemetery - graves of unidentified Australian soldier and airman. Japanese graves - grave of PWJA 145812 Superior Private I. Miyama 19.6.44. U.S. Auster light liason aircraft. White USN Catalina amphibian on airstrip. US Lockheed Lightning being towed by tracked tractor. B-24 U.S. Liberators in background. Unassembled USAAF P-61 Black Widow night fighters. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers. Graveyard of wrecked aircraft. Sunset. RAAF Marine Section lugger. Three masted schooner. RAAF Marine section lugger - schooner. RAAF M.S. 02.7 racing by 08.13 passing at speed. Flight Lieutenant Bill Lucas bandage on head with natives. RAAF Marine Section base with native workmen lined up. New Guinea USN Music Hall. Australian Rules football. Ships at anchor. Flt Lieutenant Bill Lucas with .303 shooting at box at sea. Japanese small boat. Large bay Bill Lucas with group approaching stone church. Warrant Officer RAAF could be Marine Section. Native family group - father holding baby. Inlet with ketch at anchor. Landing barge and sailing dinghies - regatta. RAAF and RAN both sailed dinghies and assorted small boats. RAAF Marine Section boat at anchor. Martin Mariner flying boat with Marine section boats along side. Arrival of the Royal Navy battleship King George V in Melbourne. Melbourne Cup 6 November 1945. Flight Lieutenant Bill Lucas and friends posing for camera. (Bill Lucas is the man in the civilian clothing). Silver DC-3 parked on tarmac. Aerial views from DC-3. Boating scenes. Bristol Beaufighter aircraft. More boating scenes. [adapted from scene list provided by Mr L.R. Jubbs]

Film order form
  • Video of RAAF Marine Section, New Guinea c 1944, HMS King George V, Port Melbourne, circa October November 1945 and Melbourne Cup 1945 (video)