To shove loads of supplies out of a RAAF Douglas C47 Dakota transport aircraft, widely known as ...

Place Oceania: New Guinea, Aitape
Accession Number 042734
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 5x4" safety base
Maker Fitzpatrick, Samuel James Henry Herbert (Jim)
Place made New Guinea
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

To shove loads of supplies out of a RAAF Douglas C47 Dakota transport aircraft, widely known as the biscuit bomber, Private Ted Rowell of Sydney, NSW, lies on his back and doubles his legs behind the load, to more easily apply pressure at the right moment. It takes three men to shift a heavy load, the other two being Q46120 Leonard John Willis, and Sergeant Harry Maurice Whaling of Sydney, NSW. They are all of 2/160 Australian Supply Depot Platoon. Note Whaling's rubber boots, worn by crew members to prevent them from slipping on the floor of the aircraft. Sgt Whaling was killed in an accident on 17 February 1945. Photographed for a pictorial article called "Biscuit bombing", believed to have been published in the Women's Weekly.

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