BROOME, WA. 1944-06-25. DE HAVILLAND DH-98 MOSQUITO A52-2 AT BROOME ON RETURN FROM A PHOTOGRAPHIC ...

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Accession Number P00448.075
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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BROOME, WA. 1944-06-25. DE HAVILLAND DH-98 MOSQUITO A52-2 AT BROOME ON RETURN FROM A PHOTOGRAPHIC RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHT OVER SOURABAYA, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. THE PORT ENGINE FAILED IN THE TARGET AREA FORCING A RETURN FLIGHT OF NEARLY 1000 MILES ON ONE ENGINE TO THE NEAREST AUSTRALIAN LANDFALL. THE PILOT WAS FLYING OFFICER KENNETH FORD BOSS- WALKER (400076) WITH PILOT OFFICER JEFF LOVE AS NAVIGATOR. THIS CREW WAS ALSO THE FIRST TO DO A MOSQUITO CONVERSION COURSE IN AUSTRALIA AND ALSO CARRIED OUT THE FIRST RAAF MOSQUITO OPERATIONAL FLIGHT IN THE SOUTH WEST PACIFIC AREA FROM COOMALIE CREEK, N.T. TO AMBON NEI AND RETURN ON 1944-06-01 WITH A FLIGHT TIME OF 7 HRS 10 MIN