WEWAK AREA, NORTH EAST NEW GUINEA. C. 1945-06. IN ORDER TO RESCUE AN AMERICAN PILOT, LIEUTENANT ...

Place Oceania: New Guinea, Wewak
Accession Number OG3072
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 3x4" safety base
Maker Harrison, John Thomas
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

WEWAK AREA, NORTH EAST NEW GUINEA. C. 1945-06. IN ORDER TO RESCUE AN AMERICAN PILOT, LIEUTENANT (LT) J. P. CARTER, WHO HAD BALED OUT OF HIS LIGHTNING AIRCRAFT NEAR ENEMY-OCCUPIED TERRITORY, TWO NATIVE POLICE BOYS WERE FLOWN INTO THE AREA IN A RAAF AIR-SEA RESCUE FLIGHT WALRUS AMPHIBIAN AIRCRAFT WHICH LANDED ON THE KERAWARI RIVER NEAR THE PILOT'S LOCATION. PADDLING SWIFTLY, THE TWO NATIVE POLICE BOYS ARE SHOWN HERE MAKING FOR THE SHORE IN AN INFLATED DINGHY. THEY WORKED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF AN AUSTRALIAN NEW GUINEA ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT (ANGAU) REPRESENTATIVE, LT JOHNSTONE. SO THICK WAS THE KUNAI GRASS THAT IT TOOK THE NATIVES AN HOUR TO HACK THEIR WAY WITH MACHETES TO LT J. P. CARTER 250 YARDS AWAY AND THEN BRING HIM BACK TO THE AIRCRAFT FOR THE RETURN FLIGHT TO BASE.