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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - February 1944

1 February 1944 to 29 February 1944 - COOMALIE CREEK
STRENGTH :- As at the end of February 1944 the strength of the Unit consisted of :-
9 Officers
71 Airmen plus,
7 Security Guards, and 6 other attachments.
3 Photographers detached.
TOTAL personnel on strength :- 90.

POSTINGS :- F/Lt. TALBERG, having completed his tour of duty in the Area has been posted south. F/O ETHERINGTON, a pilot from PRU in ENGLAND has arrived on the Unit. F/O RYAN has taken over the duties as Photographic Officer.

OPERATIONS :- Three operational flights were successfully completed in the LIGHTNING aircraft. Areas covered were: KAI ISLANDS, SOUTH WEST TIMOR and SAVOE ISLAND. In spite of unfavourable weather, the photos contained much information of value.
Fifteen local photographic jobs have been carried out in WIRRAWAY aircraft.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION :- Work carried out by this Section has consisted of processing of local and operational jobs done by this Unit, and numerous target maps for Headquarters, NORTH WESTERN AREA. The Section has operated efficiently and smoothly. The air-conditioning has considerably improved the working conditions for the men.

VISITS :- S/Ldr. GRANGER of RAAF Headquarters visited the Unit and expressed his satisfaction of the work done by the Photographic Section.

EQUIPMENT SECTION :- Equipment has been maintained satisfactorily during the month. The Equipment Officer has undergone a refresher course at No. 52 OBU.

AIRCRAFT :- Good serviceability has been maintained on LIGHTNING aircraft A55-1. WIRRAWAY A20-558 was damaged after landing with a flat tyre. This Unit was unable to repair it. WIRRAWAY A20-178 has been serviceable throughout the month.

FLYING TIMES :-
LIGHTNING A/C :- 37 hours.
WIRRAWAY A/C :- 34 hours 35 mins.
TOTAL :- 71 hours 35 mins.

TRAINING :- F/Lt. HERMES, F/Lt. GREEN and F/O BOSS-WALKER successfully completed their first operational flights with this Unit.
F/O RUSH and F/O LOVEGROVE have done their first solo flight on LIGHTNING aircraft and are completing their conversion and photographic training.

WELFARE :- Several swimming trips were held for the airmen.
Competion games were held: airmen verses Officers and Sergeants at billiards, table tennis, darts and quoits.
A truck is made available for the airmen to visit the A.C.F. Canteens at least once a week.

TRANSPORT :- A new motor cycle has been received by the Unit and transport is in a favourable condition.
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