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RAAF Form A.50

No. 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit, RAAF - July 1943

1 July 1943 to 31 July 1943 - COOMALIE CREEK
STRENGTH At the end of July 1943 the strength of the Unit consisted of:-
9 Officers.
95 Airmen - 2 W.O.'s 10 Sgts. 12 Cpls. 63 LACs. 8 AC1s.
16 Airmen Attached from Security Guards and USAAC.
1 Airman Detached to 457 Squadron.

CHANGE OF COMMAND F/Lt. F.H. ROBILLIARD assumed command of the Unit as from 26/7/43 during Squadron Leader C.C. LAWRIE's absence on leave.

POSTINGS AND ATTACHMENTS:- S/Ldr. L.W. LAW, (144) was posted to RAAF COMMAND w.e.f. 1-7-43. and P/O L. BRASSER, (425480) was attached to this unit from 12/7/43 to 26/7/43 also P/O. H.L. RUSTON (7303) was detached to 380 Bombardment Group (USAAC) from 4th. July to 14th. July 1943, inclusive.

OPERATIONS:- Operational reconnaissance flights were made to FUILORO area (three flights) and to DILLI and ATAMBOEA (two flights). Good photographs were taken of these aerodromes and towns but cloudy conditions prevented full coverage of the FUILORO network. The CAPE ARNHEM area was surveyed, local mosaics, stereo pairs and experimental night photography was carried out in the Wirraway.

EQUIPMENT STORE:- A new equipment store is being erected and work is nearing completion.

WELFARE:- Baddington and Deck Tennis courts are now in use and work is being commenced on the Airmen's recreation Hut.

PHOTOGRAPHS:- Photographs herewith show:-
1. Officers and Airmen 1 PRI., June 1943
2. Officers June 1943.
3 Lightning Pilots, June 1943.

AIRCRAFT:- Lockheed Lightning A55-1 and A55-3 unserviceable. Trouble has been experienced with engine overheating and turbo blowers and exhaust stacks have shown signs of wear and require replacement or repair.
Wirraway A20-178 serviceable. New engine has been fitted. Enquiries have been made for a suitable wireless installation.

FLYING TIMES FOR JULY 1943
Lockheed Lightning 39 hours 5 minutes.
Wirraway 23 hours 45 minutes
TOTAL 62 hours 50 minutes

TRANSPORT:- The unit possessed the following transport at the end of July 1943:-
1 Staff Car
3 Heavy Tenders
2 Light Tenders
1 Utility
1 Ambulance
1 Stores Tender
1 Utility (on load from 4 RSU)
1 Petrol Tanker
1 Photographic Trailer (on loan)
1 Photographic Tender
1 Water Trailer
1 Mobile Kitchen
2 Motor cycles.
1 Jeep (on loan to No. 1 RSU)
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