|Object type||Black & white, Landscape|
|Physical description||Black & white, Landscape|
McNeil, John Earl (Earl)
|Place made||Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin|
|Date made||7 January 1944|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Standing next to the aircraft propeller, Flying Officer J. H. Smithson, age 25, of Oakleigh, Vic, ...
Standing next to the aircraft propeller, Flying Officer J. H. Smithson, age 25, of Oakleigh, Vic, a Darwin based Spitfire pilot, who has just been awarded the DFC, a climax to outstanding performances against the Japanese. While on night patrol in the Darwin area on 11 October 1943, he chased a formation of Japanese bomber aircraft, shooting down two.