RAAF Form A.50
No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - November 1942
| 1 November 1942 to 30 November 1942 - HUGHES, NT|
STRENGTH:- At the end of NOVEMBER, 1942, the strength of the Unit consisted of:-
97, AIRMEN (3 W.O.'s, 2 F/Sgts., 3 Sgts., 18 Cpls, 71 A.C.'s.)
The following have visited this Unit during NOVEMBER:-
The Air Member for Personnel, Air Commodore LUKIS, -- 6th NOVEMBER 1942.
The Minister for Air, MR. DRAKEFORD, -- 15th NOVEMBER 1942.
The Chairman of the RAAF Recruiting Drive Committee, Sir DONALD CAMERON, - 16-11-42
MOVEMENT OF THE UNIT:-
Preparations have been carried out for the projected movement of the Unit to COOMALIE CREEK and it is expected that the movment will be carried out during the first week of DECEMBER 1942.
F/Lt. LAWRIE, F/Lt. TALBERG and F/O. SINNOTT were converted onto BUFFALO aircraft, F/Lt. CRIDLAND was converted onto LIGHTNING aircraft also S/Ldr. LAW. Navigation training flights were carried out by LIGHTNING pilots over TANIMBAR and MELVILLE ISLANDS and all pilots were ready to commence operations.
F/O HAMILTON and 2 airman pilots proceeded to LAVERTON on 28th. NOVEMBER 1942 to undergo Photographic Reconnaissance Course.
PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY AND OPERATIONS:-
Between 10th. and 19th. NOVEMBER 5 operational flights were made in LIGHTNING aircraft, but due to crash of one aircraft and the unserviceability of the other, further operations have not been carried out. Further demands of ARMY SURVEY CORPS, AREA HEADQUARTERS (RAAF), CAMOUFLAGE SECTION and ANTI-AIRCRAFT UNITS were carried out. This work was handicapped by unsuitable weather conditions and by the possession of only one serviceable aircraft which became unserviceable after 19th. NOVEMBER 1942.
LOSS OF AIRCRAFT:-
At 1210 hours on 20th. NOVEMBER 1942, LIGHTNING A55-2 crashed approximately 2 miles west of LIVINGSTONE. The pilot Flight Lieutenant A.T. CRIDLAND (424) was killed and the aircraft totally destroyed.
AIRCRAFT - REPUBLIC LANCER:-
On 27th. NOVEMBER 1942 F/LT. ANGWIN AND F/LT. ROBILLIARD arrived from LAVERTON piloting LANCERS A56-3 & A56-5. F/O. BOND was delayed at OODNADATTA because of a landing accident due to faulty brakes. The braking system on these aircraft has been a source of trouble since their arrival. The total hours flown for the month of NOVEMBER were REPUBLIC LANCER 23-05 hours.
AIRCRAFT - LOCKHEED LIGHTNING:-
A55-1 Unserviceable. The lack of spare parts, and trouble with turbo superchargers affected the serviceability of LIGHTNING aircraft and the only available aircraft is unserviceable. The total hours flown for NOVEMBER were LOCKHEED LIGHTNING 49.25 hours.
A51-1 and A51-3 both unserviceable. A51-1 was serviceable during the first half of the month but trouble has been experienced with the undercarriage and a 240 hourly inspection is due. A51-3 has been unserviceable since the beginning of SEPTEMBER as no spare parts are available. The total hours flown for the month of NOVEMBER were 34.05 hours.
TOTAL FLYING TIMES FOR MONTH (ALL TYPES) WAS 106-35 HOURS
The Unit possessed the following transport at the end of NOVEMBER:-
1 Staff car
1 Heavy Tender
1 Light Tender
1 Photographic Trailer
1 Photographic Tender
1 Water Trailer
1 Petrol Tanker
2 Motor Cycles