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|A P40M Kittyhawk (A29-310)
aircraft of No. 2 Operational
Training Unit (OTU) in flight with Sergeant L. V. (Len) Waters at the
controls. Sgt Waters was the only aboriginal pilot to serve in the RAAF.
After completing his training at No. 2 OTU he was posted to No. 78
Squadron. (Donor G. Waters)
Commemorative Cross 1940-1945: Warrant Officer L V Waters, 78 Squadron
serviceman, 78144 Sergeant Leonard
Victor Waters, No. 78 Squadron,
RAAF, sitting in the cockpit of his P40 Kittyhawk 'Black Magic'. Leonard
Waters was the only aboriginal fighter pilot of the Second World War.
joined the RAAF on 24 August 1942 and was trained as a flight mechanic.
When the RAAF called for aircrew trainees he applied and was accepted
for pilot training.
undertook his initial training at No. 1 Elementary Flying Training
School (1EFTS), Narrandera, NSW, before graduating as a Sergeant pilot
from No. 5 Service Flying Training School (5SFTS), Uranquinty, NSW. His
training continued at No. 2 Operational Training Unit (2OTU), Mildura,
Vic, from where he was posted to No. 78 Squadron on 14 November 1944. He
flew 95 operational sorties with No. 78 Squadron operating from
Noemfoor, Morotai and Tarakan. Sergeant Waters was promoted to Flight
Sergeant on 1 January 1945 and eventually Warrant Officer on 1 January
1946. He was discharged from the RAAF on 18 January 1946. Leonard Waters
died 25 August 1993. (Donor K. Orchard)
c. June 1943. Men of the 2/1st North Australia Observers Unit (NAOU)
watching Private Clem Muldoon cutting open a bullock carcase with an
| In this group are Major White, MC, MM, Croix de Guerre; Commanding
Officer, Captain Bill Travers (back row, second from right) who won a
Military Medal in Tarakan; Corporal Inky Ferguson, MM, an aboriginal
serviceman; Captain Romney Cole MC (back row right) and his brother
Lieutenant Neville Cole (bottom row right), ? Muldoon, brother of Clem
(front row, third from right). (Donor T. Carty)
Northern Australia. At
a race meeting held by troops in northern Australia. Hat styles seen
during the race meeting. Aborigine Woolomungs, Narta and Plantuinea wear
service hats. (negative by McNeil).
Hoa, Vietnam. 1965-08.
1RAR, on patrol in heavy jungle during a search and destroy
operation in War Zone D.
Desert, North Africa. c. 1941. LAC Jones, from King Island, a member of
the Royal Australian Air Force adds to his anti-aircraft machine guns
the assistance of the Aboriginal belief of pointing the bone.
| Private Joe Minecome, an aboriginal serviceman,
is carrying the section's M60 machine gun.
|| note the bone attached to the twin barrelled gun
Aboriginal Corporal Henry "Buddy"
Lea of Rockhampton, Qld, moves cautiously into a Viet Cong village with
his Owen gun at the ready during the first mission by
the 6th Battalion,
The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), Operation Enoggera.
served with Delta Coy 6RAR at Long Tan.
Baidoa, Somalia 1993.
Graeme "Brownie" Brown,
of 2 Platoon, A Company 1st Battalion,
Sapper M. J. Wighton, a part aboriginal serviceman
| The Royal Australian Regiment
(1RAR) on a foot patrol around Baidoa, Somalia 1993. He was serving with
the Unified Task Force a (UNITAF). Photo
by George Gittoes.
Sapper Spencer (right) during training. Both men were in the 21st
National Service Intake 1970. (lent by Mr M. J. Wighton).
West Australia, 1943-02-01. To provide
fresh meat for allied soldiers in the north west area the army
established its own slaughter yards 40 miles north of Katherine.
Butchers from the army resumed civil occupation and aboriginal labour
was used to bring the cattle into the slaughter yards from widely
dispersed areas. This photograph shows Minnie, one of the aboriginal
women employed on light duties at the yards. (negative by H.
Aboriginal Sapper (Spr) Bill Coolburra of Palm Island, Qld,
gouges a fighting pit from the earth at a jungle camp during Operation
Roundhouse, a search-and-destroy mission against the Viet Cong. Spr
Coolburra is serving with the Third Field Troop, Royal Australian
Engineers, based at Bien Hoa.
serviceman 3662 Private Harold
Arthur Cowan at the age of twenty
one years. Known also as Arthur Williams, Cowan enlisted in Grafton,
NSW, on 16 November 1917 and served with the 6th Light Horse Regiment.
In his youth Cowan was an all round sportsman, a representative for the
North Coast in football, and a well known boxer. (Donor
Ronald A Harris, 26 years old of Western Australia. Harris enlisted on
September 5, 1960 and was posted to the Artillery.
The popular soldier
saw active service during the Borneo confrontation with Indonesia while
with A Field Battery, RAA.
It was here that he met and later married his
| In October 1966, he
transferred to the SAS and went to Vietnam with 2 SAS Squadron, on June
6 1968. Almost exactly seven months later, on January 17 1969, he was
accidentally killed by his own patrol commander as he apparently tried
to locate the position of his patrol in Bien Hoa. Harris was small of
stature, dark skinned and wore no camouflage cream on his face. He was
mistaken for VC.
are some of the other aboriginal or Torres Straight Islands servicemen
not previously mentioned on these pages who were recipients of decorations
as below . . .
- World War One
- William Irwin DCM Killed In
- Albert Knight DCM
- Augustus Peg Farmer MM Killed
- Glamor Garr MM
- William Reginald Rawlings MM
- World War Two
Payne VC and Charlie Mene MM renew an old friendship at Gaythorne
RSL Brisbane on ANZAC Day
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the Sovereign's likeness would
depending on for which war the medal was awarded