By Geoffrey G. Pentland
Plane and Markings of the R.A.A.F. 1939-1945
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Appropriately bearing a small black-andyellow striped bee astride a black bullet. The pilot was Flt-Sgt Bill Hardwick. The only Wirraway to down a Zero is seen bearing its red and white victory flag underneath the cockpit in January 1943. When the enemy aircraft was raised from twelve feet of water where it crashed it was found that l'lt-Lt Archer's first and only burst had struck the pilot in the head, probably killing him instantly. Squadron code "D" appeared in medium sea grey ahead of the rounde!
Colours of grotesque emblem "Chuff-Chuff" were probably pale green and black. 4 Squadron poses in front of Wirraway QE-B, A20--56l in 1943. The aircraft is shown here with two underwing torpedoes for a low-level supply drop. Boomerangs from the same squadron are in the background. Flt-Lt Clive Frees with his specially-modified Boomerang QE-D, A46--l2l which was fitted with an F-24 camera mounted in the belly tank. The combination was most successful, and the idea quickly revolutionized low altitude vertical and oblique photography in the South West Pacific Area.
Coulston (in flying helmet) after their worldfamous encounter in which they challenged and destroyed a Zero off Gona, New Guinea. The aircraft is seen in knockedabout condition as a result of its previous rigorous service. Two Spitfires at Livingstone strip in the Darwin area show the effectiveness of the camouflage netting suspended from neighbouring gum trees. Upper machine is ZP-Z, BR 542, flown by the CO, Sqn-Ldr K. "Skeeter" James and bearing his triangular rank pennant beneath the cockpit.