An improvised stage at an airfield (possibly in Queensland) where a speech is made to the public ...

Accession Number P03100.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white, Landscape
Physical description Black & white, Landscape
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


An improvised stage at an airfield (possibly in Queensland) where a speech is made to the public (not in view) during the Australian tour of Avro Lancaster G for George. Identified left to right: Captain Tom Steele MC, tour manager and loan coordinator; First Officer Mardi Gething, Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) and publicity and press liaison for the Melbourne Age newspaper; Flying Officer Wilfred Cyril Gordon DFC, navigator of Raleigh, NSW; Acting Squadron Leader Edward Arthur Hudson DFC and Bar, pilot of Rockhampton, Qld, at the microphone; Flight Lieutenant Thomas Vyner McCarthy DFC and Bar, bomb aimer of Moss Vale, NSW (with moustache); 9399 Sergeant Harry Tickle, Senior fitter and engineer of Loxton, SA (standing at end of table hands in pockets). This aircraft, formerly flown by 460 Squadron RAAF, undertook the Third Victory Loan Tour around Australia following its arrival from England. The tour, which ran from 13 March to 27 April 1945, was instigated to assist the Government raise 100 Million pounds for the war effort, by the purchase of war bonds. Mardi Gething, one of four extra people who joined the crew for the tour, was an Australian who had learnt to fly in England in 1939 and who had piloted 42 different types of aircraft, although she had not flown Lancasters. The crew and tour members are all standing on a RAAF 7 ton semi trailer serial 203197.

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