Ref: Article 052 [30SQN] [f] RAAF Crews In New Guinea Work As Team
RAAF Crews In New Guinea Work As Team
From R. B. Leonard, A Herald War Correspondent.
SOMEWHERE IN NEW GUINEA. – The observers – or navigators – of the RAAF are doing magnificent work in the South-West Pacific theatre of war.
Unfortunately their part in offensive missions is often overlooked, while attention is directed to the pilots, who are the first to acknowledge the work of their highly-trained observers.
Many strikes depend for their success on the skill of navigators who – in New Guinea at any rate – are called on to plot courses under the most difficult conditions.
Typical of the quiet, efficient observers of the RAAF are the men of the Australian Beaufighter unit in this area.
Beaufighters are two-seat aircraft, and observers, therefore, have duties additional to navigation. They are all skilled radio operators and their navigational training equips them for day or night flying.
FROM ALL STATES
These lads have been drawn from all States. Flying with the unit’s leader, Wing-Commander Bruce Walker, of Adelaide, is Flying Officer John Mason, of Adelaide.
Observer for Squadron Leader P. Parker, of Melbourne, is Sergeant W. Cameron, of Queensland, and for Squadron Leader E. Lansell, of Victoria, Flight Sergeant H. Suthons, of Sydney.
Among other observers attached to the unit, with the names of their pilots, are:
Flying Officer J. McGuire, of Melbourne (Flight-Lieut. Ron Uren, of Sydney); Flight-Sergeant A. Jaggs of Melbourne (Flying Officer J. T. Sandford, of Melbourne); Flight-Sergeant P. Fisken, of Adelaide (Flying Officer R. Roe, of Benalla); Sergeant Fred Anderson, of Sydney (Flying Officer R. Brazenor, of Ballarat); Flight Sergeant W. Keller, of Melbourne (Warrant Officer Gwyn Hughes, of Adelaide); Warrant Officer A. Kirley, of Sydney (Flight Sergeant R. Cummins, of Camperdown); Flight Sergeant A. Nelson, of Sydney (Flight Sergeant L. Vial, of Melbourne); Sergeant F. Cassidy, of Melbourne (Sergeant M. Morgan, of Queensland).
Other observers with the same Beaufighter squadron include Flying Officer Colin Harvey, Warrant Officer W. H. “Caesar” O’Connor and Sergeant W. Clarke, all of Melbourne.