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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - May 1944

1 May 1944 to 31 May 1944 - COOMALIE CREEK
STRENGTH:- As at the end of May 1944 the strength of the Unit consisted of:-
8 Officers, 1 Officer detached for conversion course.
74 Airmen, including 4 Security Guards.
Total 82.

POSTINGS:- S/Ldr. A.S. HERMES has been posted from this Unit.
P/O. J.N. LOVE has been posted to this Unit for duties as Navigator in MOSQUITO A/C.

OPERATIONS:- Seven operational flights were carried out successfully in the LIGHTNING aircraft. Areas covered were KAI Islands, FLORES Island, SOEMBA Island and TIMOR. Good climatic conditions were instrumental in the successful photography of target areas.
Eleven local photographic jobs have been carried out in the WIRRAWAY aircraft.

PHOTOGRAPHIC:- Seven operational and eleven local photographic jobs were made during the month. This completed all outstanding work. The Photographic Section having completed over 100 jobs for the month.

EQUIPMENT:- Requirements came to hand fairly well. RAAF Headquarters have privisioned for the MOSQUITO aircraft, and from advice received these items requisitioned are coming forward, having been regularly hastened by RAAF Headquarters on the various Stores Depots which the demands have been lodged.

AIRCRAFT:- The LIGHTNING aircraft A55-1 and WIRRAWAY A20-605 have maintained a high serviceability. WIRRAWAY A20-178 was unserviceable for a period of 15 days undergoing engine change, 80 hourly inspection airframe, new fabric on fuselage and oil temperature guage unserviceable, but is now serviceable and has been used for successful local photography. A MOSQUITO aircraft has been allotted to the Unit but, so far, has not carried out an operation. Serviceable after ferry flight from Southern Area.

LIGHTNING A/C:- 49 hrs 15 mins.
MOSQUITO A/C:- 10 hrs 25 mins.
WIRRAWAY A/C:- 27 hrs 15 mins.
TOTAL :- 87 hours 25 mins.

TRAINING:- Flying Officer K. BOSS-WALKER was converted to MOSQUITO aircraft and after a short period of training ferried the aircraft to NWA, for operational photography. Squadron Leader R.M. GREEN is at present undergoing a conversion course to MOSQUITO aircraft.

TRANSPORT:- Transport is fairly satisfactory. During the month one heavy G/S truck was issued to No. 4 RSU for "G" inspection and a replacement received. Two other vehicles are now due for an "F" inspection and arrangements are being made to do same with No. 31 Squadron on whom this Unit is based.

WELFARE:- Weekly picnics and Euchre tournaments have been held. Cricket teams have been organised and three matches were arranged during the month. A billiard room has been added to the Airmen's Recreation Room.
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