EX MEMBER OF 90TH SQUADRON
OF 3RD BOMB GROUP
(previous member of 17th Squadron of 27th Bomb Group)
Harry Mangan and his wife Marge
(Photo supplied by Noel Tunny)
17TH SQUADRON OF 27TH BOMB GROUP
Pilots of the 27th Bomb Group and the 24th Pursuit Group (see table below) landed on the Hamilton Reach of the Brisbane River near the ships of the Pensacola Convoy. They had departed Darwin on 23 December 1941 in RAAF short Empire flying boats which travelled to Brisbane via Groote Eylant, Townsville, Rockhampton, arriving at the Hamilton Reach of the Brisbane River on 24 December 1941.
|Maj. Davies HQ
Cpt. Backus HQ
Mahoney 24th PG
Strauss 24th PG
Kennan 24th PG
McCallum 24th PG
They arrived expecting to ferry the A24's and P-40's off the ship USAT Meigs to the Phillipines. Colonel James Hubert Davies and the pilots of the 27th Bomb Group were quartered at Lennons Hotel in the city. During their stay in Brisbane they ran a dive bombing school for the incoming pilots. They also recruited some mechanics from the 7th Bomb Group as gunners and line crews for the 27th Bomb Group.
On 16 January 1942, seventeen P-40's that arrived on the USAT Meigs left Brisbane as the 17th Provisional Squadron on their way to Java via Rockhampton, Townsville, Cloncurry, Darwin and Koepang. These pilots, led by Pappy Gunn, had all served previously in the Phillipines.
90 SQUADRON OF 3RD BOMB GROUP
Fifteen B-25 Mitchells of the Dutch N.E.I.A.F. were taken over by the 3rd Bomb Group after they were delivered to Archerfield.
On 11 April 1942, eleven of these B-25 Mitchells and three B-17 Flying Fortresses left Charters Towers via Darwin to Del Monte, in the Philippines to attack Japanese shipping and fortifications. They were fitted with long distance tanks for the long trip to Del Monte, where the tanks were removed and replaced by bombs. They returned to Charters Towers loaded with evacuees after their raid.
"Gateway to Victory"
By Noel Tunny, of Brisbane
© Peter Dunn 2006
This page first produced 9 April 1999
This page last updated 26 May 2013