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Pictures from the Australia and South-West Pacific area
|These pictures come to us from Philip Woffinden. Philip's dad served with the RAAF in WW2 and was a LAEME with a passion for photography. Most of these images were taken in Labuan in 1945.|
is a CAC-CA- 4 Wackett Bomber - an Australian designed twin engined bomber
designed and built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation. This aircraft
was tested by CAC and suffered vibration which was traced to disturbed
airflow over the tailplanes caused by the barbettes. This was later rectified
by providing dihedral or 12 degrees to the tailplanes.
|A Wirraway test runs it's engine.||Vultee Vengeances.|
|Two shots of Mosquitoes.See more Labuan pictures.|
|A Japanese Ki.54 aircraft carrying a surrender party.||A NEI B-25.|
|The result of a crash on takeoff.||A crashed Japanese aircraft.|
|CAC Boomerangs of 4 squadron and Kittyhawks. More information on 4 Squadron can be found on Peter Dunn's site.|
|Australian built Beaufort|
A8-198 of 31 Squadron RAAF.
Squadron history here.
|Dakota A65-108 with Gracie Fields|
|A8-198 after a landing incident. These Beaufighters belonged to 93 Squadron, RAAF which was formed in Queensland in December 1944. After working up in Australia they transferred to Labuan just in time for the last ten days of the war, during which time they were employed against Japanese shipping targets.They were retained for extra months after the war's end escorting fighters back to Australia and a force of Mustangs to Japan for the occupation. According to records, this aircraft, built in April 1945 was withdrawn from use in December of that year and written off in 1948. More info on 93 Squadron.||
rather more bent near Labuan Strip in August 1945, only 7 months old.