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W/Cdr Clive Caldwell (middle) posing with a group of pilots of No. 1 Fighter Wing RAAF. The photograph has been taken during 1943, at the time when the wing was engaged in the defence of Darwin, but the exact location or unit could not be established.
Upon his return to Australia from North Africa, Caldwell was already the highest scoring pilot of the RAAF and the most experienced Australian fighter commander. Leading the effective defence of Darwin between January and August 1943, Caldwell raised his tally to 28.5 aircraft destroyed, securing his position as the top Australian fighter ace of the entire war.
The dark coloring of the aircraft behind the group which seems to extend to its lower surfaces is intriguing. [National Library of Australia]