Group portrait of the graduates of No 7 Course (Beaufighter), No 5 Operational Training Unit ...

Accession Number P03594.006
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Wagga Wagga
Date made c 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Group portrait of the graduates of No 7 Course (Beaufighter), No 5 Operational Training Unit (OTU), RAAF. Identified from left to right are: Back row; Sergeant (Sgt) F Lutwyche; unidentified; Pilot Officer (PO) R D (Bunny) Albrecht; Sgt H V (Harry) Braid; Sgt W R (Bill) Davis; Front row; 409803 Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) Kenneth Albert Smith, 31 Squadron, RAAF, (later accidentally killed in the Northern Territory, 27 February 1944); Flight Officer (FO) Cyril H Cornish; Flight Lieutenant Peter N Fisher; 485 Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Reginald Lloyd (Butch) Gordon DFC & Bar, 31 Squadron, RAAF (later accidentally killed in Darwin, 27 February 1944); FO L B Mitchell; 1446 FO John James Cain, 30 Squadron, RAAF (later killed in a flying battle over New Britain, 19 September 1943). Flt Sgt Smith was the Navigator for pilot Sqn Ldr Butch Gordon, and Gordon, being an Ace pilot had a tally of eight enemy aircraft, and two damaged, in aerial combat, to add to the many destroyed on the ground. FO John Cain (also known as Peaches and Cream) lost his life when he was shot down, along with his Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Clarrie Glasscock, 30 Squadron RAAF, over Hoskins Strip, New Britain. The Beaufighter and Boston Association of Queensland erected a Memorial at Kimbe, New Britain (whose airstrip is Cape Hoskins Strip), to the 19 members of 30 Squadron who lost their lives in this area during the Second World War.