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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - May 1943

1 May 1943 to 31 May 1943 - COOMALLIE CREEK
STRENGTH:- At the end of MAY 1943 the strength of the Unit consisted of:-
122 AIRMEN - 2 W.O.'s, 1 F/Sgt., 11 Sgts., 17 Cpls., 91 LAC's. & AC's. (8 attached)

POSTING:- Flying Officer L.P. BOND was posted to SURVEY FLIGHT w.e.f. 10th. MAY 1943.

VISITS:- Squadron Leader C.G.R. LEWIS accompanied by Flight Lieutenant R.W. COLVIN from Photographic Section RAAF Headquarters stayed at this Unit from 13th. MAY 1943 to 16th. MAY 1943 and visited Squadrons in this Area.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY AND OPERATIONS:- Several operational survey and some reconnaissance flights were undertaken but, owing to unfavourable weather conditions, little success was encountered. Flights were made over new territory in TANIMBAR ISLANDS and DUTCH NEW GUINEA, GROOTE EYLANDTE being used as an advanced Base for the latter flights. Local survey work was continued mostly over targets at long distances from Base. On 29th. MAY 1943, Squadron Leader C.C. LAWRIE and Flight Lieutenant W.H.S. TALBERG in Lightning aircraft and Flight Lieutenant G.A. EVERINGHAM as photographer with 319th. Squadron USAAAC, took part in the reconnaissance of Japanese bases in this Area. The number of operational sorties and total flying time exceeded the total of any previous month.

TRAINING:- Flight Lieutenant F.H.W. ROBILLIARD completed his conversion course on Lightning aircraft and commenced operational flying.

AIRCRAFT:- Republic Lancer A56-4 was allotted to No. 1 Aircraft Depot for storage on 12th. MAY 1943 and was flown there by Flight Lieutenant A.S. JONES on 22nd. MAY 1943.
Republic Lancer A56-3 at present at No. 14 A.R.D. has also been allotted to No. 1 Aircraft Depot.
Brewster Buffalo A51-1 was allotted to No. 5 Aircraft Depot for engine change on 6th. MAY 1943 and Flying Officer G.L. ANGUS ferried the aircraft there on 7th. MAY 1943.
Lockheed Lightning A55-1 Serviceable.
Lockheed Lightning A55-3 Serviceable.
Brewster Buffalo A51-3 Serviceable.
Wirraway A20-178 Serviceable.
Good serviceability has been experienced.

Lockheed Lightning 64 hours 25 minutes.
Republic Lancer 15 hours 55 minutes.
Brewster Buffalo 44 hours 25 minutes.
Wirraway 47 hours -- minutes.
Total 171 hours 45 minutes.

TRANSPORT:- The Unit possessed the following transport at the end of MAY 1943:-
1 Staff Car
3 Heavy Tenders
2 Light Tenders
2 Utilities
1 Ambulance
1 Stores Tender
1 Petrol Tanker
1 Photographic Trailer
1 Photographic Tender
1 Water Trailer
1 Mobile Kitchen
2 Motor Cycles
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