FLIGHT SERGEANT JACK (JOHN) MCNALLY (3372)
24 SQUADRON RAAF

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visits since 20 March 2005

 

Flight Sergeant Jack (John) McNally RAAF (3372) served in the RAAF from 16 May 1938 to 8 August 1946. 

On 1 March 1943 Jack was posted from 6SFTS Mallala to 55 OBU to do a Conversion Course on B-24 Liberators. He completed this course with the 380th  Bombardment Group, USAAF at Fenton in the Northern Territory.

From there he was posted to 24 Squadron at Manbullo airfield in the Northern Territory near Katherine. 24 Squadron RAAF was based at Manbullo airfield  from June to September 1944. Later the squadron transferred to Moratai in Indonesia.

As the war ended Jack was posted to 25 Squadron at Cunderdin in West Australia until his discharge on 8 August 1946.

Flight Sergeant Jack McNally was a Fitter 2A in charge of ground crew.

When Jack McNally contacted me on 20 March 2005, he was 86 years old and living in Perth. Jack travelled to Adelaide on 14 March 2005 until 18 March 2005 with his daughter Wendy Coultas to re-trace his time at Mallala. He also hoped to visit the 24 Squadron Museum.

The following photographs were supplied by Jack McNally via his daughter Wendy Coultas

jackmcnally25.jpg (12509 bytes) Jack McNally in uniform
jackmcnally01.jpg (57986 bytes) 24 Squadron "B" Flight
jackmcnally02.jpg (26305 bytes) Crashed aircraft
jackmcnally03.jpg (23489 bytes) Vultee Vengeances
jackmcnally04.jpg (34590 bytes) Aircrew
jackmcnally05.jpg (10197 bytes) B-24 Liberator Darwin 1943
jackmcnally06.jpg (11567 bytes) B-24 Liberator Darwin 1943
jackmcnally07.jpg (8643 bytes) "Bail-out Belle", B-24 Liberator, Darwin, 1943
jackmcnally08.jpg (9273 bytes) "Lucky Don", B-24 Liberator Darwin 1943
jackmcnally09.jpg (8233 bytes) B-24 Liberator Darwin 1943
jackmcnally10.jpg (49512 bytes) Three WW1 Bulldog Fighter aircraft over RAAF Point Cook, Victoria, Formation Training, June 1938
jackmcnally11.jpg (65888 bytes) "A" Flight, 24 Squadron
jackmcnally12.jpg (30187 bytes) Sergeant's Mess No. 1 SFTS Thursday 10 April 1941, Le Diner Menu
jackmcnally13.jpg (31479 bytes) Dragon Rapide, an Air Ambulance based at Laverton
jackmcnally14.jpg (90526 bytes) Hawker Demon, from Point Cook, flying over Port Melbourne in 1938
jackmcnally28.jpg (41949 bytes) A different version of the above photo. This Hawker demon flying over Port Melbourne was the first Hawker demon that John McNally was to service.
jackmcnally15.jpg (86653 bytes) Jack McNally's first parade in Melbourne, November 1938
jackmcnally16.jpg (73043 bytes) No. 48 Drill Squad, Laverton, May 1938
jackmcnally17.jpg (51111 bytes) Avro Ansons and Hawker Demons on the Parade Ground at Laverton for the inspection by RAF Air Marshall Inspector from England. Parhfinders)
jackmcnally18.jpg (12728 bytes) Sergeants Ambury, Holmes and Jack McNally
jackmcnally19.jpg (10675 bytes) ?
jackmcnally26.jpg (54974 bytes) Hut 17, Mallala, "Crayfish Joe" (Dave Methven), WO Bartholomew, and Jack McNally
jackmcnally20.jpg (158338 bytes) Flight Lieutenant Terry Duigan's crew of 530 Bomb Squadron, 380th Bomb Group, USAAF
jackmcnally21.jpg (8647 bytes) B-24 Liberator, "Northern Terror", Jack McNally during training on the Liberator while attached to the 380th Bomb Group.
jackmcnally22.jpg (9740 bytes) Training on the B-24 Liberator while attached to the 380th Bomb Group.
jackmcnally23.jpg (40476 bytes) NA 36 American Wirraway based at Laverton, Victoria, 1938. The American Wirraway had fixed undercarriage while the Australia version had retractable undercarriage. 
jackmcnally24.jpg (43216 bytes) Seagull at Point Cook in 1938. The Seagull was a wooden aircraft.
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Avro Anson A4-17 crashed into Drake Gulley at Laverton airfield in about June 1938 when the brakes failed. The same pilot was killed 4 days later when he hit some power line trying to carry out an emergency landing.

vic156-01.jpg (91829 bytes) Crash of Avro Anson A4-29 at Mount Ramano, Victoria on 11 August 1938. Four of the crew were killed in this tragic crash. One crew member survived with only a few cuts.
nsw144-01.jpg (25674 bytes) Two Avro Ansons that collided near Brocklesby in New South Wales on 29 September 1940.
nsw144-02.jpg (21730 bytes) Two Avro Ansons that collided near Brocklesby in New South Wales on 29 September 1940.
nsw144-03.jpg (25498 bytes) Two Avro Ansons that collided near Brocklesby in New South Wales on 29 September 1940. Can anyone identify this person?
jackmcnally27.jpg (19913 bytes) Mum with a Koala Bear
jackmcnally29.jpg (41739 bytes) Mum and Dad (Jack McNally and his wife)
jackmcnally30.jpg (15245 bytes) Morotai Cemetery
jackmcnally31.jpg (72675 bytes) No. 48 Drill Squad, Laverton May 1938 
jackmcnally32.jpg (12411 bytes) Picking up an Avro Anson that crashed at Burra 50 miles from Mallala
jackmcnally33.jpg (7993 bytes) Picking up an Avro Anson that crashed at Burra 50 miles from Mallala
jackmcnally34.jpg (9748 bytes) Picking up an Avro Anson that crashed at Burra 50 miles from Mallala
jackmcnally35.jpg (12085 bytes) Picking up an Avro Anson that crashed at Burra 50 miles from Mallala
jackmcnally36.jpg (10649 bytes) Picking up an Avro Anson that crashed at Burra 50 miles from Mallala
jackmcnally37.jpg (9894 bytes) Picking up an Avro Anson that crashed at Burra 50 miles from Mallala
jackmcnally38.jpg (24107 bytes) Picking up an Avro Anson that crashed at Burra 50 miles from Mallala

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Jack McNally and his daughter Wendy Coultas for their assistance with this home page.

It is with deep regret that I advise that Jack McNally passed away at Hollywood Hospital on Sunday 23 October 2005.

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