Two Wirraway aircraft of No. 4 Squadron, RAAF, in mirror formation over the Causeway. A20-160 was ...

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Accession Number P00279.002
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Date made c 1940-1941
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Two Wirraway aircraft of No. 4 Squadron, RAAF, in mirror formation over the Causeway. A20-160 was subsequently shot down by ground fire whilst on a tactical reconnaissance mission over Buna, New Guinea, on 23 December 1942; the pilot, Flying Officer G Hocking, and observer, Major W F O'Hara (No. 2 Air Liaison Section, AIF), were both killed. The Wirraway flying upside down, A20-103, was the aircraft in which Pilot Officer John S (Jack) Archer and Sergeant J L (Les) Coulston shot down a Japanese Zero fighter on 26 December 1942. This Wirraway is now in the Australian War Memorial Collection.