The Mosquito Aircraft Association of Australia Incorporated

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Coomalie Creek—Then and Now

History

 

The base was created in 194?

 

This page is under construction, but here is a movie clip about life in 87 Squadron at Coomalie Creek during World War 2. It runs for 6 minutes and 44 seconds—sit back and enjoy how the personnel enjoyed the sun and flying.

 

The clip is available on the Australian War Memorial site: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F02157/

 

The description accompanying the clip is:

 

Aircraft Fitter and Engine fitters working on No. 87 Squadron RAAF Mosquito photo reconnaissance aircraft. 404120 Flight Lieutenant (F/Lt) Arthur Leslie Mervyn Spurgin, DFC (pilot) and Flying Officer (FIO) Lobb (navigator. FU Spurgin was a night fighter pilot in the Middle East with Six kills to his credit. Sterling up engines and taxiing prior to take off 280778 Sqn/Ldr Kym Bonython DFC, AFC, Flight Commander gives instructions to FU Kearney (pilot) and 437365 F/O Alan John Hardwicke (navigator) prior to take off on a reconnaissance flight to Sourabaya (Reel 6). Fitt Kearney and F/O Hardwicke enter aircraft prior to take off. Starting engines and take off Sqn/Ldr Gamble C/O of No. 87 Squadron RAAF signs for his aircraft (Reel 7) Longshots of 87 Squadron Mosquitoes Mosquito being towed from hangar. Mounting reconnaissance cameras in the aircraft's fuselage RAAF Carpenter Riggers and Fitters repairing cover of Mosquito mainplane (Reel 5) A game of Badminton (Reel 2). Shots of living quarters, preparing washing, types of tents, airman weeding his garden. Corporal (Cpl) Dave Home painting Sergeant Fred Whitby (Reel 3) Shots of Cpl Home at work and close up shots of his work Portrait of Cpl K Edwards. Spectators examining the paintings (Reel 4). General establishing shots of Administration NWA HQ. SASO buildings. Signals buildings Medical buildings. Office buildings and Badmington shots (Reel 1).