Outdoor group portrait of trainee pilots, featuring autographs on the mountboard. Identified left ...

Accession Number P10380.011
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Point Cook
Date made 1937 - 1939
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Outdoor group portrait of trainee pilots, featuring autographs on the mountboard. Identified left to right, back row: 154 John Murdoch Whyte; O355 Peter Avison Parker; G R Taylor; 174 John Dominic Galvin; O351 Eric Verdun Millett; 315 Ian Percy Albert Allen; 1830 Ivan Munroe Linklater (died in Melbourne as a result of a car accident on 25 September 1939); I H Boylan; 152 Ivan Stanley Podger; M N McInnes (probably Malcolm Musgrave McInnes [accidentally killed at Kensington NSW on 18 December 1939]); Arnold Victor Dolphin, (accidentally killed at Darwin on 05 September 1939); 172 Thomas MacBride Price; Maxwell James Wiber. Middle row: 54156 Philip James Rowan; W W Scott (probably 176 Walter Winston Gilronan Scott); 168 Gordon Walter Savage; 177 Douglas Carson Riding (lost on operations over Timor on 17 November 1942); 171 Desmond Lloyd George Douglas; 175 Richard Alfred Davison; R D Pomery; Henry Parker Fitzgerald (accidentally killed at Richmond NSW on 18 December 1939); H K Gibson; A E Cross (probably O352 Arthur Ernest Cross); A E Oakley (probably Albert Edward Oakley [lost on operations over Germany on 12 May 1940]); D E Cremin. Front row: 157 Rodney Edward Sydney Polkinghorne; K E A Bolleman (probably O356 Albert Emile Keith Bolleman); L R Sutherland; 147 Keith MacDermott Hampshire; 148 Arthur Dean John Garrisson; 137 Norman Alexander Adler; J H Black; 169 Colin Errol Woodman; 156 Hugh Milton Birch; 146 Redmond Forrest Michael Green; O358 William Edwin Townsend; 257540 Dereck Jack French; 260173 William George Leer. This is one of a collection relating to the service of O354 (154) Squadron Leader (later Group Captain) Ivan Stanley Podger. Enlisting with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1937, he went on to serve with the RAAF in the Second World War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 20 November 1943 for displaying outstanding leadership whilst flying. Podger also served as one of the Commanding Officers of 91 Composite Wing, RAAF, in the Korean War.