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RAAF De Havilland Mosquito A52-609 at Coomalie, NT (State Library of SA [PRG 1435/4/1], 1945)
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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - October 1942

1 October 1942 to 31 October 1942 - HUGHES, NT
STRENGTH. At the end of OCTOBER, 1942, the strength of the unit consisted of:-
OFFICERS 15
AIRMEN 85

CHANGE OF COMMAND:
During the absence of the Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader L.W. LAW, the unit was temporarily commanded by Flight Lieutenant A.T. CRIDLAND, from 2/10/42 to 30/10/42.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY:
Although handicapped by the possession of only one serviceable aircraft and unsuitable weather conditions for clear photography, certain demands of the ARMY SURVEY CORPS, AREA HEADQUARTERS (RAAF), CAMOUFLAGE SECTION and ANTI-AIRCRAFT UNITS were completed.

TRAINING:
Towards the end of OCTOBER, four officers were sent to LAVERTON to the rear echelon to complete their photographic training and to be converted to "LANCER" aircraft.

AIRCRAFT - BREWSTER BUFFALO:
The lack of available spares enabled only one aircraft to be kept serviceable, i.e. A51-1. The other BUFFALO, A51-3, still requires essential spares, (sparking plugs and brake linings in particular) and has been unserviceable throughout the month.
The total hours flown for OCTOBER were - BREWSTER BUFFALO 56-35 hours.

AIRCRAFT - LOCKHEED LIGHTNING:
On the 30th OCTOBER, 1942, two LOCKHEED LIGHTNING aircraft were ferried from No. 1 Aircraft Depot, LAVERTON, arriving on the same date at HUGHES.

TRANSPORT:
The unit possessed the following transport at the end of OCTOBER:-
1 Staff Car.
1 Heavy tender.
1 Light tender.
1 Ambulance.
1 Photographic trailer.
1 Water trailer.
1 Petrol tanker.
2 Motor cycles.
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