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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - March 1944

1 March 1944 to 31 March 1944 - COOMALIE CREEK
STRENGTH :- As at the end of March 1944 the strength of the Unit consisted of :-
11 Officers
62 Airmen
7 Security Guards attached, plus two other attachments.
3 Photographers detached
Total strength of Unit 82.

POSTINGS :- F/Lt. G.N. THOMAS and F/O J.A. SEMPLE have been posted to this Unit.

OPERATIONS :- Eight operational flights have been carried out. The results on the whole being successful.
Areas covered include KAI ISLANDS; TANIMBAR ISLANDS; DAMAR ISLANDS; FLORES and TIMOR. Weather for this time of the year has been better than anticipated, hence some good photographic results.
Fourteen local photographic demands have been fulfilled in WIRRAWAY aircraft.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION :- Report of work carried out during the month :-
Air Photography, Nineteen photographic flights were made, eight operational and eleven of a local nature. Better quality photographs were made possible by improved weather conditions.
Ground Photography, Photography of ground subjects were completed for the Public Relations Officer, the other work consisted of reprints from operational negatives, the reproduction of Target Maps, Diagrams and Charts.

EQUIPMENT SECTION:- There is nothing of outstanding importance to relate on this Section but equipment is in a satisfactory condition and necessary supplies have come forth readily. Wing Commander LAWSON (Area Equipment Officer) visited the Section and expressed satisfaction on the set up and conduct of the store, and made some valuable suggestions.

AIRCRAFT:- LIGHTNING A55-1 has maintained serviceability.
WIRRAWAY A20-605 was returned from No. 14 ARD after extensive repairs.
WIRRAWAY A20-178 has maintained good serviceability during the greater part of the month, but is now at No. 4 RSU undergoing a periodical inspection.

FLYING TIMES:-
LIGHTNING A/C 51 hrs. 50 mins.
WIRRAWAY A/C 49 hrs 25 Mins.
TOTAL :- 101 HRS 15 MINS.

TRAINING :- Training of Pilots on the LIGHTNING aircraft has been discontinued: aircraft hours being conserved for operational flights.

WELFARE:- The weekly ration of beer has been most regular lately and in several occasions the issue has been increased from two to three bottles per man. At least once a week the airmen have had the opportunity to go for a swimming trip.
The Unit was fortunate in obtaining a little extra fresh meat to supplement the usual issue.

TRANSPORT:- Transport has been maintained at a satisfactory standard throughout the month. The only change has been the allocation of our ambulance to No. 2 Squadron.
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