Brotherhood of Airmen: The Men and Women of the RAAF in by David Wilson

By David Wilson

This new inspect the ancient accomplishments of the Royal Australian Air strength (RAAF) is a tribute to the boys and girls who've served with contrast and bravado in many of the significant international conflicts in view that 1914.

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Gibson dropped four 250-pound antisubmarine bombs. As a result of the explosions the bows of the U-boat broke the surface of the water at a steep angle. Gibson attacked a second time, one bomb falling within 40 metres of the conning tower. The U-boat crew abandoned ship as HMS Rochester joined the battle and rescued 41 survivors. This victory, shared with the crew of HMS Gladiolus, was the first of six U-boats claimed to have been sunk by 10 Squadron crews. The Australian Sunderland squadrons of Coastal Command, 10 and 461 Squadrons, all-up laid claim to twelve enemy U-boats in the duration of the war.

However, a defective throttle control forced the aircraft to land in the open sea sixteen kilometres from Southport, Queensland. The fault was remedied, but the sea state prevented the seaplane from becoming airborne, and it was taxied to the shore, where it was beached south of Southport. As a result of the battering from the heavy sea, the PIONEERING FLIGHTS AND NATION BUILDING, 1921–39 35 propeller was damaged, and a replacement had to be manufactured and forwarded from the Experimental Station in Sydney.

On 27 July, Hempel and his crew discovered the Scion moored to the jetty at Madiri plantation. After landing to ascertain 38 The Brotherhood of Airmen the situation—the engine of the Scion had suffered a cracked crankcase—the Southampton returned to Daru, where it struck a coral reef on landing. The hull was repaired, but it was then discovered that one of the two engines fitted to the aircraft needed to be replaced. After taking five weeks for a substitute engine to be supplied and fitted, the Southampton was flown to Port Moresby where a survey of possible landing sites was made.

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