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RAAF De Havilland Mosquito A52-609 at Coomalie, NT (State Library of SA [PRG 1435/4/1], 1945)
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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - June 1944

1 June 1944 to 30 June 1944 - COOMALLIE CREEK
STRENGTH:- As at the end of June 1944 the strength of the Unit consisted of:-
8 Officers
81 Airmen including 4 Security Guards, attached.
TOTAL 89 personnel.

POSTINGS:- F/SGT JAMES, Navigator (W) has been posted to this Unit for duties as Navigator in MOSQUITO aircraft.

OPERATIONS:- Nine operational flights were carried out in the MOSQUITO aircraft and four in the LIGHTNING aircraft. Areas covered were KAI IS., TIMOR, FLORES, SOEMBA, CELEBES and SOURABAJA. Climatic conditions were generally good, enabling successful photography of target areas. Ten local photographic jobs have been carried out in the WIRRAWAY aircraft.

EQUIPMENT:- Equipment for the month of June came forward fairly satisfactorily.

AIRCRAFT:- LIGHTNING aircraft A55-1 having completed 240 hours at a high rate of serviceability, will after the completion of one more operation be allotted away for engine change. MOSQUITO aircraft has flown nine operations. After its first operation the port engine was changed owing to a faulty sparking plug insert. The aircraft is again undergoing a change of the port engine. This engine failed over SOURABAJA and flew approximately 900 statute miles on the starboard engine, landing at base after being airborne for approximately 10 hours. The cause of the engine failure is as yet unknown. During the month a third WIRRAWAY was allotted to the Unit, but has been allotted away again. Serviceability of the other two WIRRAWAY aircraft has been fair, difficulty having been experienced in obtaining spare parts.

FLYING TIMES:-
MOSQUITO A/C 70 hours 55 mins.
LIGHTNING A/C 21 hours 55 mins.
WIRRAWAY A/C 27 hours.
TOTAL:- 119 hours 50 mins.

PHOTOGRAPHIC:- Eleven successful operational and four local photographic flights were made during the month.
Total number of prints made consist of:-
Operational……………………… 4,830
Target Maps……………………… 1,440
Local Air and Ground Subjects… 1,170
Films of operational sorties were processed for No. 380 Bombardment Group and No. 18 Squadron.

TRAINING:- S/Ldr. R.M. GREEN was converted to MOSQUITO aircraft and since his return to this Unit has successfully carried out Operational Photographic Reconnaissance.

TRANSPORT:- Owing to the proposed expansion of the Unit further transport will soon be required.

WELFARE:- Weekly picnics have been held. Cricket teams have been entered in the Area Cricket Competition. In addition social matches have been held for those personnel not selected to play in the Competition. During the month increased interest was displayed in the Unit Wall-Newspaper. Members have contributed various items. Euchre tournaments were held once a week during the last month.
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