By Geoffrey G. Pentland
Airplane and Markings of the R.A.A.F. 1939-1945
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30 Squadron howls away after take-off from Kiriwina, 1943. F. Beaufighter crews can be judged from this No. 30 Squadron casualty. The damage was caused whilst strafing a Japanese position at extremely low level! Four flag emblem on Sqn-Ldr R. "Dicky" Cresswell's No. 77 Squadron Kittyhawk epitomises the united Allied effort to prevent Australia being invaded. A. Dc-3s of No. 34 Squadron bearing the radio call-signs on tails and finished in olive drab patched with foliage green on upper surfaces with neutral grey below.
Scotty's Homin' Pidgin" after completing her 139th mission. Note the stylish orange-andwhite tips on the black propeller blades. Although flown by many pilots, P-o "Bill" Scott was the nominal "owner". 8 Squadron at Tadji in September 1944. This machine had up till that date recorded 102 bombing missions. Left to right. W-O D. Brennan (pilot), W-O A. Ross, F-Sgt A. Coleman, and W-O A. Cotterill. The decorations on the nose were done by an American signwriter at Nadzab and consist of two attractive girls and a ruptured duck.
A" Flight spinners were usually sky. T e pink elephant represents Walt Disney's "Dumbo". Pilot sBt- Norm Sm hells. Coded UP-F on starboard side also. [ The wizardry of Australian Repair and Salvage Units in cannibalizing aircraft and constructing hybrid machines from the pieces was often remarked upon by the Americans. The serial number then carried on the new machine was seldom considered a matter of much importance. HU-Q, possibly A29-574 of No. 78 Squadron was a likely example of this improvisation process.
Aircraft and Markings of the R.A.A.F. 1939-1945 by Geoffrey G. Pentland