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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - June 1943

1 June 1943 to 30 June 1943 - COOMALLIE CREEK
STRENGTH:- At the end of June 1943 the strength of the Unit consisted of:-
118 AIRMEN - 2 W.O.'s, 1 F/Sgt., 10 Sgts., 18 Cpls., 87 LAC's. & AC's. (7 attached)

CHANGE OF COMMAND:- Squadron Leader C.C. LAWRIE took over command from Squadron Leader L.W. LAW on 14th. June 1943.

POSTINGS:- Flight Lieutenant H.M. ANGWIN was posted to No. 5 SFTS w.e.f. 21st. June 1943. Flight Lieutenant G.A. EVERINGHAM, Photographic Officer, was posted to Headquarters NORTH WESTERN AREA w.e.f. 15th. June 1943. Flying Officers G.L. ANGUS and J.E. MacLEOD were posted to No. 55 O.B. (Reserve Pool) w.e.f. 18th June 1943. Flying Officer G.W. SIVYER Photographic Officer was posted to this Unit on 15th. June 1943.

OPERATIONS:- Operational reconnaissance flights were made to PENFOEI (four flights), LANGGOER (KEI ISLAND) (two), FUILORO (two) and during these flights, Survey runs were made along the North - West and South - East coasts of TIMOR, and over JAMDENA ISLAND and SELARU IS., in the TANIMBAR Group. Low clouds interfered with survey work, but three new runways were discovered in the FUILORO area and one on SELARU IS. Lightings also surveyed areas around MILLINGIMBI. Local photographs were taken from the Wirraway, including a large scale mosaic of EAST ARM, DARWIN HARBOUR which was photographed by Warrant Officer WILCOX T.E.

TRAINING:- Flight Lieutenant A.S. JONES completed a conversion course on Wirraway aircraft.

WELFARE:- A playing field suitable for basket ball is under construction, likewise a court for Badington and Deck Tennis. A wireless for the Airmen's mess has been provided by the A.C.F., also a gramophone for general use, basket balls, punching bag and various other games have been received. Two games of cricket were played against other local inter unit teams. On Wednesday night of each week a lecture has been given by members of the unit on general points of interest, following which euchre tournaments were held.

AIRCRAFT:- Brewster Buffalo A51-3 was allotted to 24 Squadron and was flown there by Flight Lieutenant W.H.S. TALBERG on 11th. June 1943.
Lockheed Lightning A55-1 Unserviceable.
Lockheed Lightning A55-3 Serviceable.
Lightning A55-1 has been unserviceable for some time awaiting arrival of spare parts.
Wirraway A20-178 Unserviceable (Awaiting engine change)

Lockheed Lightning 46 hours 20 minutes.
Brewster Buffalo 20 hours 55 minutes.
Wirraway 52 hours 30 minutes.
Total 119 hours 45 minutes.

The Unit possessed the following transport at the end of June 1943:-
1 Staff Car
3 Heavy Tenders
2 Light Tenders
1 Utility
1 Ambulance
1 Stores Tender
1 Utility (on loan from 4 RSU)
1 Jeep (on load to 1 RSU)
1 Petrol Tanker
1 Photographic Trailer
1 Photographic Tender
1 Water Trailer
1 Mobile Kitchen
2 Motor Cycles
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