Please note javascript is required for full website functionality.

Photographs

Photographs

ANY HELP WITH IDENTIFYING ANYONE IN THESE PHOTOS WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED 

The following photos and some others are on a CD in the safe labelled 'Jack Coburn. Air Force 1942-1946. 
Jack Coburn.show photo
Jack Coburn second from right.show photo
Men at work.show photo
Classic Australian nose art!show photo
82 wing, 23 Squadron. Jack Coburn front far left.show photo
Heading out for a swim.show photo
Jack Coburn on right.show photo
Darwin 1944. Jack Coburn on left.show photo
Jack Coburn in 1944.show photo

The following photos and many more are in a blue binder labelled "Cupper's Crew" compiled by Bill Mackie. 
Ray Cupper and crew.show photo
Back Row:- F/O Lloyd Coles, F/O John Prince, S/Ldr Ray Cupper, F/O Ted Gardiner, Sgt John Cush, F/O Bill Mackie. 
Front Row:- Sgt Holder, Sgt Bruce Lenehan, W/O Don Drew, F/Sgt Selwyb Baker, Sgt John Demmery. 

War is Hell - sometimes! No names, no pack drill!.show photo

F/Os John Prince, Ted Gardiner and Henry Davies.show photo

L-R: F/Sgt Selwyn Baker, F/O Bert Edgoose (seated), W/O Hal Hellier (standing), W/O Don Drew, F/O Perc parkinson, W/O Ted Mullett.show photo

23 Squadron at Leyburn, Queensland, December 1944.show photo

F/Os Bert Edgoose and Lloyd Coles busking in front of their tent.show photo

Bill Mackie does his washing in the 'laundry'. Long, Northern Territory, April-May 1945.show photo

Squadron Leader Ray Cupper, Captain of A72-94. 
show photo
show photo

F/O Lloyd Coles and F/O John Prince, Cupper's Crew.show photo

F/O Ted Gardiner, Air Gunner, Cupper's Crew.show photo

F/O John Prince, 2nd Pilot, Cupper's Crew.show photo

F/Sgt Selwyn Baker, Navigator, Cupper's Crew.show photo

F/O Lloyd Coles, Wireless-Operator, Cupper's Crew. 
show photo
show photo

W/O Don Drew was the second Wireless-Operator/Gunner in Cupper's Crew but we do not have a good photo of him. 
He is first from the left in the front row of this photo.show photo

F/Lt Bill Mackie, Bomb Aimer, Cupper's Crew.show photo

F/O Ted Gardiner, Air Gunner, Cupper's Crew.show photo

F/Sgt Bruce Lenehan in a Liberator nose turret, Cupper's Crew.show photo

F/Sgt Joe Holder, Flight Engineer, Cupper's Crew.show photo

Cpl Ray Harvey, Ground Crew Chief, Cupper's aircraft.show photo

Pre flight checking on Ray Cupper's aircraft. Darwin, 1945.show photo

Cupper's ground crew. Crew Chief Ray Harvey on far right. Les Rolfe second from right and Jack Allen seated at left.show photo
Other names not known at this time. 

F/Sgt Hal Hellier, Bomb Aimer, Charlie Lister's Crew.show photo

F/Lt Fred Barry Brown, WAG, Arch Dunne's Crew.show photo

Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 16. 

Bob Chapman by Liberator front turret at Darwin, July 1945. show photo

No 1 Course Air Bombers Pass Out Day, 16th September 1944. No 1 Air Observers School, Evans Head. show photo
Back Row:- Peter Robinson, 99 Sqd. Reg Hocking, 25 Sqd. Rod McDonald, 24 Sqd. Slim Vickers, 99 Sqd. Tom Kerwick, 12 Sqd. 'Jungle' Lawrence, 12 Sqd. Den Dolan, 12 Sqd. Doug Miller, 12 Sqd 
Middle Row:- Paul thomas, 25 Sqd. Larry Foley. Harry Cook, 25 Sqd. Jack Butler, 23 Sqd. Cec Farrow. Bob Walker, 12 Sqd. Stan Clarke, 12 Sqd. Russ Brooks, 24 Sqd. Con Shanahan. 
Front Row:- Brin 'Grizzle' Burke, 25 Sqd. Charlie Nichol, 99 Sqd. F/O Bill Brown, Course Officer 1 AOS. S/Ldr Roberts, CGI 1 AOS. Unknown. Johnny Moore, 12 Sqd. Brian Johnstone, 25 Sqd. 
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 15 in a blue plastic folder labelled 'crew photos and miscellaneous'. 

12 Squadron at Darwin, Christmas 1945.show photo
Location:- B24 Liberator Squadrons Newsletter Apri 1994 in Library Cabinet B2 Box 5. 

L to R - S/L Ray Cupper, Captain. F/O Lloyd Cole, 1st WOP. F/Sgt Joe Holden, Flight Engineer with ground crew after pre-flight inspecting A72-91. 23 Squadron, Darwin, June 1945.show photo
Location:- B24 Liberator Squadrons Newsletter September 2004 in Library Cabinet B2 Box 5. 

How to stop the enemy from using an airstrip. Send some RAAF Liberators with crews who know what they're doing!.show photo
Classic air strike on Kendari airstrip in the Celebes, 27th June 1945. Raid led by S/Ldr Ray Cupper, 2 I/C of 23 Squadron. 
Location:- B24 Liberator Squadrons Newsletter September 1996 in Library Cabinet B2 Box 5. 

This is a very poor photo of the Liberator graveyard at Biak, an island off New Guinea. I have included it because it gives a startling example of the destruction of aircraft after WW2.show photo
Location:- B24 Liberator Squadrons Newsletter April 2006 in Library Cabinet B2 Box 5. 

S/Ldr Archie Dunn DFC, far right, with some of his crew and the Squadron Mascot. Date and location unknown.show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 15 in a green plastic clipboard. 

Close up photo of Liberator A72-122 show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 4. 

Close-up of A72-122. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 15, in a blue plastic folder labelled 'Crew Photos and miscellaneous' 

Liberator A72-123 crashed at Tocumwal. Ed Crabtree has added on the back the rueful comment 'one of my students' !! show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 15, in a blue plastic folder labelled 'Crew Photos and miscellaneous' 

This Liberator was approaching Tocumwal at night to land and came down a mile short of the runway. show photo
This is possibly another photo of the same crash. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 15, in a blue plastic folder labelled 'Crew Photos and miscellaneous' 

Liberators at Tocumwal, 1945. show photo
Location:- Property of Ken Bullen. 

Flight Engineers Course. Tocumwal, late 1944. show photo
Location:- Property of Ken Bullen. 

Politically incorrect Christmas card from 1944!. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 14 

Christmas card from 1941. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 13 in box marked 'assorted photos', in packet labelled 'historic aircraft photos from Glenda Dixon'. 

Undated postcard. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 13 in box marked 'assorted photos'. 

I found the following six faded, typewritten sheets in a plastic sleeve with no covering letter. I would dearly like to know more about it! 
The following scans have been re-typed exactly from the originals: 
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 9 in a ring-binder labelled 'Technical Orders 1' 

No. 1 Squadron at Cootamundra 1935. show photo
Location:- Filing Cabinet Folder C 

Women rivetting a Liberator fin. Possibly at Willow Run. show photo
Location:- On Display 

Woman operating a large press and making Liberator parts. Possibly at Willow Run. show photo
Location:- On Display 

Women rivetting a wing at Willow Run. show photo
Location:- Photo Cabinet Folder W 

A moment of human contact across the years. In the rear of our aircraft an inspector has signed off a part as satisfactory. 
He has marked it as 'rivets O.K.', his initials 'LSJ' and the date, 5th of October, 1943. show photo
Below that, very faintly in pencil, the riveter has signed her name, 'Mary Lou'. show photo
This is one part of the interior of our aircraft that will NEVER be painted over! 
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 11 in a binder labeled 'historic photos binder 2'. 

Willow Run assembly room. 'The largest room in the World'. show photo
Location:- Photo Cabinet Folder W. 

Lincoln Bomber. show photo
Location:- Photo Cabinet Folder W. 

Close up photo of nose of Liberator bogged in soft ground. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 4. 

The Balikpapan oil wells are left burning after an 82 wing attack. June 1945. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 4. 

Air-to-air of three B-24 Liberators of 23 squadron RAAF over Darwin. 1945. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 4. 

A72-306 crashed at Amberley, QLD. 
show photo
show photo
show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 4. 

Katie tries on a leather flying helmet, with unfortunate results. show photo
Photo Cabinet folder K. 

Tim and Nige get ready to take a Vampire engine for a spin around the block. show photo
Photo Cabinet folder V. 

John Keevins contemplating Zen and the Art of Ammunition Belt Restoration. show photo
Photo Cabinet folder K. 

Liberator and possibly members of 21 Squadron. Taken at Laverton, Victoria in 1943 or 1944. 
Photo donated by Bob Gibson, son of LAC Ernie Gibson, who is in the photo. 
Original and one laminated copy. show photo
Photo Cabinet folder C. 

Painting of 'Penelope II' by Frank Harding. 
Penelope was the wife of Ulysses and waited faithfully for him to return from the Trojan wars, as told in the Illiad and Odyssey of Homer. 
'Penelope II' was the B-24 flown by our founders, Eric Clark and Bob Butler. show photo
Photo Cabinet folder P. 

B24 Liberators being assembled at Consolidated, Fort Worth, Texas. show photo show photo

102 Squadron Liberator undergoing 200-hourly inspection at Cecil Plains, Queensland. July 1945. show photo

RAF Liberator VIs in the Far East taxi out for take-off. 
Many Australians served in RAF units in this war theatre. show photo

Some of 50 Course and others with flying instructors and aircraft riggers and fitters at 11 EFTS, Benalla, Victoria. 
DH Tiger Moth aircraft were used by the RAAF as elementary trainers in the Empire Air Training Scheme of 1940-1944, during which time Australia trained 27,387 aircrew members. show photo

British Coastal Command Liberator attacking U293 in the Skagerrak off Denmark. show photo

Not many B24s served with four RAAF units. After flying with 7 O.T.U., 25 Squadron, 24 Squadron and finally 21 Squadron, A72-92 was shot down by flack over Tomohon in the Celebes on 27th of July 1945. Seven of F/L K.J. Hanson's crew went down with the aircraft. Here she bears her Training Unit markings. show photo

Keeping 'em flying. Engine maintenance on a 21 Squadron Liberator, Morotai, 27th May, 1945. show photo

B24 A72-84 of 23 Squadron, RAAF, 1945. This aircraft was named 'Cock o' the North' and the nose art, which can just be made out, shows a cockerel riding a bomb. The aircraft was piloted by Roger Court and it was his son Peter Court who spotted a downed American Liberator in the Ramu Valley, New Guinea. The wing and tailplane were salvaged off this aircraft and are now on our aircraft at Werribee.show photo

B24 A72-167 of 23 Squadron, RAAF, 1945. show photo

B24 A72-167 of 23 Squadron, RAAF, near Darwin, 1945. show photo

25 Sqd. (City of Perth) Liberator in a storm drain at Darwin. Aircraft believed to have been flying Australian P.O.W.s home. Take by 99 Sqd. Flight Rigger L.A.C. H.M. (Mac) Ford, RAAF 143309, with a Brownie Box camera swapped from a U.S. serviceman for three bottles of Australian beer.show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 11 in ring binder labelled historic photograph file No. 2. 

B-24 Liberator A72-172. The aircraft is being used to transport General Blamey and his staff. General Blamey is the third from the left. Aircraft was modified at Tocumwal for VIP transport. Note the two extra windows forward of the waist gunner's position. Aircraft was flown by F/L Mason Frecker 402653, Distinguished Flying Medal, Mentioned in Dispatches. show photo
Location:- In the suitcase from Michael Frecker. 

Another view of A72-172 showing General Blamey's luggage being loaded. Note that the bomb-bay doors appear to be sealed and an extra hatch has been built into the lower fuselage. show photo
Location:- In the suitcase from Michael Frecker. 

Another view of A72-172 giving a better view of the bottom hatch and the probable sealing of the bomb-bay doors. show photo
Location:- In the suitcase from Michael Frecker. 

Liberators waiting to be scrapped. Tocumwal, early 1950s. show photo
Location:- Photo Cabinet Folder T. 

The following photos are all in a ring binder labelled 'B-24 Historic Photograph' in Library Cabinet B2 Box 11 

Five ship B-24 formation taken from the waist gunners position of another B-24. show photo

A nice photo of A72-89. show photo

Herb Behlman in a ball turret. The turret is not normally left or entered on the ground. show photo
In flight the ball turret is retracted into the aircraft and the gunner enters from inside the aircraft. The turret is only lowered when needed. 

A72-318 being maintained. show photo

A72-175 was delivered 12/1/1945 and served with 99, 24 and 23 Squadrons. show photo

I have no information about this photo. show photo

24 Squadron Liberator at Amberley, QLD. Note the Australian flag on the nose. show photo

A72-32 show photo

The aircraft graveyard at Morotai show photo

Air-to-air of a Liberator from the waist window of another Liberator. show photo

The calm before the storm. April 1945.show photo

Liberator in cloud.show photo

The effect that a taxiing Liberator's wingtip has on a parked C-47!show photo

In November 1945 A72-359 was transporting seven crew and 28 nurses back to Melbourne. It refuelled at Darwin but a nosewheel tyre burst on take-off, breaking the nose gear. The starboard main wheel also collapsed and the aircraft caught fire, carrying 12,000 litres of petrol. Amazingly, everyone scrambled out unhurt exept for one nurse who received burns on her arms. 
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo

Australian Liberator in Borneo, june 1945.show photo

This Liberator was hit by a bomb dropped by another Liberator! 
show photo
show photo
show photo

'All American' in flight. Operated by the Collings Foundation in the USA, for a few years she was the only Liberator in the world capable of flight. 
show photo
show photo

A72-81 coming to rest at Fenton N.T. after successful raid on Kali Konto power station at Mendalan, Java. 28th January, 1945.show photo

Dereck Kingwell in the cockpit of A72-81 after successful raid on Kali Konto power station at Mendalan, Java. 28th January, 1945.show photo

Six-ship formation over Tocumwal.show photo

End of the line. Liberators being scrapped at Tocumwal. 
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo

The previous photos, and many more besides, are in Library Cabinet B2 Box 11 in a ring Bider labelled 'B-24 Historic Photos'. 

The following photos, and many more besides, are in Library Cabinet B2 Box 11 in a ring Bider labelled 'B-24 Historic Photos Binder 2'. 

I have no information on the following four photos that seem to show the same 24 Squadron aircraft. 
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo

Give Tim a propellor blade and you see a happy man!. show photo
Location:- Photo Cabinet Folder T. 

Working down the Liberator isn't ALL hard work!. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 5 in box labelled 'assorted photos'. 

How close did a Japanese Naval reconnaissance aircraft get to Melbourne in WWII? show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 3. 

Wartime Buick advert. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 5.(original and one photocopy) 

Photocopy of wartime Buick advert. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 5 

Photocopy of wartime Buick advert. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 5 

Wartime advert for McDonnell Aircraft Corporation. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 3 

Movie actor Sabu in front of a B24. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 3 

Digri, Bengal, India. 1944-11-28. Elevated view of members of No. 159 (Liberator) Squadron RAF buying fruit from a hawker. An aircraft, nicknamed 'Black Swan' is in the background. From the Australian War Memorial website. show photo

Darwin airfield in WW2. Much of this area is now a suburb but I have been told that the large hangar is still there. show photo

Colour photo of a B-24 instrument panel. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 11 in a binder labeled 'historic photos binder 2'. 

'Beautiful Betsy' at Darwin, 1943. show photo
This aircraft crashed into mountains behind Rockhampton, Queensland and parts from the crash site were salvaged by us, with Government permission, and are being used in our aircraft. 
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 11 in a binder labeled 'historic photos binder 2'. 

Just after the war Qantas operated some LB-30s, transport versions of the B-24, as passenger aircraft. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 11 in a binder labeled 'historic photos binder 2'. 

Painting of an LB-30, the transport version of the B-24. show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 11 in a binder labeled 'historic photos binder 2'. 

Liberator making a low pass at Laverton, Victoria. show photo
This is the only photo we know of that shows a Liberator and a Lancaster in the same photo in Australia. 
Location:- From the September 2005 issue of the B-24 Squadrons of Australia newsletter. 

The Memorial to 21 Squadron, 23 Squadron and Z Force at Leyburn, Queensland. 
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo
show photo
Location:- Property of Judith Gilbert. 

Digri, Bengal, India. C. 1945-03. Group portrait of some of the RAAF members who took part in the 3000 mile world's record bombing mission from an Indian base, standing and sitting on a wing of one of the Liberator bomber aircraft of No. 159 Squadron RAF after its return from the raid. From the Australian War Memorial website.show photo
Back Row:- Flt Sgt J. P. Donnellan of Kelmscott, SA; Pilot Officer (PO) W. R. Anderson of North Perth, WA; WO H. D. Scott of Launceston, Tas; PO L. A. Hendy of Elwood, Vic; Flt Sgt J. V. Shillito of Murchison, Vic; WO C. R. Delaine of Winkie, SA; WO J. W. Gribble of Abbotsford, Vic. 
Front Row:- Flight Sergeant (Flt Sgt) A. L. P. Fisher of Queens Park, WA; Warrant Officer (WO) K. Brandon of Eagle Junction, Qld; WO W. H. Wheeler of Bellevue Hill, NSW; Flying Officer V. E. Willing of Rose Bay, NSW. 

RAAF Liberator A72-304 at Nadzab, Papua/New Guinea, late 1944. I do not have any of the crew names.show photo
Property of Nat Eichler. 

No. 7 Operational Training Unit. No. 5 Liberator O/T Course. Probably Tocumwal. 
Front row:- Sgt Smith, Sgt Camp, Flt/Sgt Patterson, Sgt Grave, Flt/Sgt Cox, S/L Nielson, Lac Mackenzie, Sgt Cadd, Sgt Quealy, F/O Johnstone, W/o Francey. 
Second row:- W/O Roebig, P/O Mackenzie, F/O Wright, F/O Williams, F/O LyeS/L Larkin, Sgt Dyer, Sgt Gordon, Lac Lockyer, F/S Condell, Sgt Fyfe. 
Third row:- Sgt Franzie, F/S Carr, F/L Keddie, Sgt Johnson, F/S Prance, S/L Murphy, F/L Critchley, F/O Harden, F/L Keely, Sgt Wood, Sgt Vickers. 
Fourth row:- F/S Powell, Lac Steele, Sgt Stead, F/O Ashcroft, F/O McKernan, Sgt Bowman, Sgt Wells, F/O Gunn, Sgt White, F/O Kirkpatrick. 
Fifth row:- Sgt Garvey, Sgt Mure, Sgt Watt, F/O Traeger, F/L Adamson, F/O Bastow, Sgt Lennox, W/O Cowley, W/O FortesqueSgt Ward, Sgt Coleman. 
Sixth row:- Sgt Neal, F/O Thomas, W/O Warwick, Sgt Fletcher, Sgt Brady, Lac Corben, F/O Chapman, P/O Rutter, Sgt Brown, F/O Ward, W/O Norris. 
Seventh row:- W/O Windridge, Sgt Ford, P/O Eades, Sgt Walker, Sgt Spargo, Sgt Godfrey, F/O Jamieson, Lac Lalor, Sgt Clark, F/L McOmish, P/O Bolton. 
Eighth row:- Sgt Scott, F/O Griffin, Sgt Williams, Lac Wright, F/O Bastrup, F/O Johnson, F/O Bainton, Sgt Clarke, Sgt Crabtree, Sgt Richardson, F/O Burns. show photo
Photo Cabinet folder T. 

Training flight at 7 OTU, Tocumwal, probably May 1945. show photo
I only have the names for the numbered figures. 
1. W/O Mick Cooley. 2. F/Lt Moss Franklin. 3. F/Sgt Jack Fox. 4. F/O Peter Ferguson. 5. F/Sgt Percy Buckley. 6. S/Ldr Robert Reid-Russell. 
Location:- B24 Liberator Squadrons Newsletter February 1996 in Library Cabinet B2 Box 5. 

No 6 Conversion Course, No 7 OTU, Tocumwal November/December 1944. show photo
Front Row:- F/Lt Ted Anderson. 
2nd Back Row:- F/O Don Campbell. 
Location:- B24 Liberator Squadrons Newsletter February 1995 in Library Cabinet B2 Box 5. 

12 Squadron ground crew, Darwin 1945. show photo
Back Row:- Wally Murray, Stan Brizel, Allan Payne, Sam Houghton, Gordon Darlington. 
Front Row:- Tony Toranto, Wally Elms, 'Percy' percy, Laurry Brisslin. 
Location:- B24 Liberator Squadrons Newsletter November 1994 in Library Cabinet B2 Box 5. 

Aircraft 'Wolf" of 102 Squadron RAAF. show photo
F/O Barry McGee in pilot's seat, Sgt Lex Sinclair, Mid Upper Gunner. F/Sgt Victor Cahill, WOP/AG/Radar. Sgt Pat Ginn, Tail Gunner. 
Location:- B24 Liberator Squadrons Newsletter April 2006 in Library Cabinet B2 Box 5. 

No. 1 Elementary Training School, Parafield. June 1942. 'D' Flight, Course 25.show photo
Back Row:- L.A.Cs. P. Waters, M.P. Wise, J.J. Crowe, R.A. Kingston, D.G. Charlick, F.W. Thomas, K.J. Leonard. 
Second Row:- L.A.Cs. A.L.J. Syrett, R.A. Male, G.D. Rosman, J.W.A. Sutherland, B.O. O'Connor. 
Third Row:- L.A.Cs. K.A. Rawson, D.S. Murray, A.C. Lobb, D.R.R. Walters, E.J. Markey, G.J. Taylor, G.S. Pyle. 
Front Row:- Sgts. N.G. Menzies, L.A. LePage, B. Mathews, F.S. Lamble, N.D. Thompson. 
Location:- Privately owned by Jaqueline Lobb. 

Poor quality zerox of a 25 Squadron B-24 and crew, including Flt/Lt Dudley Hiller(Captain) and P/O Colin Fraser(Navigator).show photo
Location:- Library Cabinet B2 Box 19.

To top