[No. 87 Squadron RAAF] North West Area

Unit 87 Squadron RAAF
Accession Number F02157
Collection type Film
Measurement 7 min
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Place made Australia: Northern Territory, Coomalie
Date made 1944-1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Aircraft Fitter and Engine fitters working on No. 87 Squadron RAAF Mosquito photo reconnaissance aircraft. 404120 Flight Lieutenant (F/Lt) Arthur Leslie Mervyn Spurgin, DFC (pilot) and Flying Officer (F/O) Lobb (navigator). F/Lt Spurgin was a night fighter pilot in the Middle East with six kills to his credit. Starting up engines and taxiing prior to take off. 280778 Sqn/Ldr Kym Bonython DFC, AFC, Flight Commander gives instructions to F/Lt. Kearney (pilot) and 437365 F/O Alan John Hardwicke (navigator) prior to take off on a reconnaissance flight to Sourabaya (Reel 6). F/Lt. Kearney and F/O Hardwicke enter aircraft prior to take off. Starting engines and take off. Sqn/Ldr Gamble C/O of No. 87 Squadron RAAF signs for his aircraft (Reel 7). Longshots of 87 Squadron Mosquitoes. Mosquito being towed from hangar. Mounting reconnaissance cameras in the aircrafts fuselage. RAAF Carpenter Riggers and Fitters repairing cover of Mosquito mainplane (Reel 5). A game of Badmington (Reel 2). Shots of living quarters, preparing washing, types of tents, airman weeding his garden. Corporal (Cpl) Dave Horne painting Sergeant Fred Whitby (Reel 3). Shots of Cpl Horne at work and close up shots of his work. Portrait of Cpl K Edwards. Spectators examining the paintings (Reel 4). General establishing shots of Administration NWA HQ, SASO buildings, Signals buildings, Medical buildings, Office buildings and Badmington shots (Reel 1).

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