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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - April 1944

1 April 1944 to 30 April 1944 - COOMALIE CREEK
STRENGTH :- As at the end of April 1944 the strength of the Unit consisted of :-
8 Officers, 2 Officers detached for conversion course.
67 Airmen
4 Security Guards attached, plus one other attachment.
1 Photographer detached.
TOTAL strength of Unit 81.

POSTINGS :- F/Lt. G.N. THOMAS, F/O J.A. SEMPLE and F/O E.G.I. ETHERINGTON have been posted from this Unit.

OPERATIONS :- Nine operational flights were successfully completed in the LIGHTNING aircraft. Areas covered were, AROE ISLANDS, TIMOR and FLORES ISLANDS. The weather during the month has been favourable to successful photography, providing very clear photographs.
Nine local photographic jobs have been carried out in the WIRRAWAY aircraft.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SECTION :- Air Photographs; Nine operational and nine local flights were made during the month, this completed all outstanding air work.
This section had a very busy time, 130 jobs being completed.

EQUIPMENT :- Receipts of equipment were satisfactory during the month. An item demanded for LIGHTNING aircraft was issued by USLO forwarded Echelon on 14th, April, but is not yet to hand.

AIRCRAFT :- Both LIGHTNING A55-1 and WIRRAWAY A20-605 have maintained good serviceability for the month.

LIGHTNING A/C. 61 hours 55 mins.
WIRRAWAY A/C. 28 hours 15 mins
TOTAL 90 hours 10 mins.

TRAINING :- Two pilots were converted to LIGHTNING aircraft and after a short period of training have now successfully completed several operational flights.

TRANSPORT :- During the month one Heavy General Service was allotted to No. 14 ARD with no replacement. This tender was not on establishment but was being continually used on the Unit. An application for increase in establishment of transport has been made as additional transport will shortly be required on this Unit.

WELFARE :- Weekly picnics have been made. A vegetable garden has been dug and planted.
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