In early 1942, the (RAAF), experiencing air attacks on towns in northern Australia, found itself unable to obtain British-designed interceptors or sufficient numbers of P-40s. US Fifth Air Force squadrons in Australia were already receiving the brand new P-39D-1. Consequently, in July 1942, older USAAF P-39s, which had been repaired at Australian workshops, were adopted by the RAAF as a stop-gap interceptor.
Seven P-39Ds were sent to No. 23 Squadron RAAF at Lowood, Queensland. Later, seven P-39Fs were operated by No. 24 Squadron RAAF at Townsville. In the absence of adequate supplies of P-39s, both squadrons also operated Wirraway armed trainers. However, neither squadron received a full complement of Airacobras, or saw combat with them. The home air defence role was filled first by P-40s, followed by Spitfires. Plans to equip two more squadrons with P-39s were also abandoned. 23 and 24 Squadrons converted to the Vultee Vengeance in 1943.
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Walter A.Starck, Vic Ley, Ron Taylor, Phil Eather, Richard Weir, Wally Gibbins, Mal McLeod, Gai Girdlestone, John Harding
Wally Muller, Van Laman, Ben Cropp, Kathy Troutt, Lynn Roberts, John Michael Harding, Bob Grounds, Dean Cropp, Ron Taylor, Trevor Collins (with marlin), Valerie May Taylor, Henri Bource.
The Late IRVIN ROCKMAN CBE
RON IBLE (White Water Wanderers) 30 April 2013 R.I.P. mate
Trina Fleischmann, is a long time friend of film maker Ben Cropp
Princess Charlotte Bay (North Queensland, Australia) is a popular 4×4 destination for adventure seekers. Ben Cropp calls in for a few days crabbing during his annual boating trips north from home base at Port Douglas, Queensland. This large male ‘muddie’ was a star guest for his dinner table.
This year, aboard his new boat a much longer trip to the Kimberley region of Western Australia is currently underway. This is the last true frontier of the Australian coast. Big tides, lots of wild marine life and very few other boats to be seen.
Free diving ace of Darwin, Rick Trippe is schedule to join Ben’s expedition.
(Above) Bauxite rock galore. Getting ashore on this Tip-of-Cape York island can be difficult but is worthwhile.
Cape York wilderness
Spinner dolphin, Great Detached Reef.