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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - January 1943

1 January 1943 to 31 January 1943 - COOMALIE CREEK
STRENGTH:- At the end of JANUARY 1943 the strength of the Unit consisted of:-
128 AIRMEN (3 W.O.s), 2 F/Sgts., 7 Sgts, 18 Cpls., 98 A.C's (14 A.C's attached)

CHANGE OF COMMAND:- Upon the return of the Commanding Officer S/Ldr. L.W. LAW., Flight Lieutenant C.C. LAWRIE relinquished temporary command of the Unit as from 9-1-43.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY AND OPERATIONS:- Four operational flights were carried out with some success. Failures were caused mainly by weather conditions, and in one case the cameras failed to operate over the target. Local surveys were restricted by unfavourable weather conditions.

STRENGTH:- A55-1 unserviceable as from 14-1-43 caused by failure of turbo-supercharger in port engine.
A56-3 unserviceable as from 3-1-43 caused by failure of turbo-supercharger.
A56-4 flown from Manbulloo too Coomalie Creek on 17-1-43 and unserviceable from that date caused by brakes and port undercarriage leg out of true. Repaired on the Unit by No. 4 RSU, tested on 29-1-43 but landed at Batchelor with u/s brakes and plug lead.
A51-1 arrived this Unit from 3 AD on 9-1-43.
A51-3 arrived this Unit from Hughes on 6-1-43.

Serviceability at end of January:-
A51-1 and A51-3 serviceable.
A55-1, A56-3 and A56-4 unserviceable.
A56-4 allotted to No. 4 RSU and reallotted to No. 3 AD.

POSTINGS OFFICERS:- The following officers arrived at the Unit on 9-1-43. Flying Officers, A.S. JONES, - J.E. MACLEOD, and G.L. ANGUS.

COURT OF INQUIRY:- A Court of Inquiry was convened to investigate the loss of a Secret and Confidential Publication O2274 (9).

TRANSPORT:- The Unit possessed the following transport at the end of JANUARY 1943:-
1 Staff Car
3 Heavy tenders
2 Light tenders
1 Utility
1 Ambulance
1 Tractor
1 Photographic Trailer
1 Photographic Tender
1 Water Trailer
1 Petrol Tanker
3 Motor Cycles
1 Stores Tender.

FLYING TIMES:- The total hours flown by all types of aircraft in this Unit to 31st. January 1943 is 74-05 hours for the month.
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