No. 457 Squadron RAAF on Morotai

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Here are the two photos taken by pilots of No. 457 Squadron RAAF in 1945. By early July 1944, No. 457 Squadron was employed ...

Here are the two photos taken by pilots of No. 457 Squadron RAAF in 1945.

By early July 1944, No. 457 Squadron was employed in ground attack durties, a role which it retained for the remainder of the war. Initially it operated against targets in the Dutch East Indies from Sattler. In January 1945, the squadron was moved to Morotai and then to the island of Labuan off the Borneo coast, in support of the Australian campaign in British North Borneo. The following photos have probably been taken on Morotai.

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Sqn/Ldr Bruce Watson, Commanding Officer of the unit, with Bill Cable on the right and his buddy and closest friend, Ted Sly, to the left.

F/O Fred J. Inger in his Spitfire Mk. VIII A58-615, coded ZP-Y. Contrary to RAF practice, RAAF pilots in the South-West Pacific were generally allocated their own aircraft, although they would sometimes fly others if their own were unserviceable. All of Fred’s Spitfires were coded ‘Y’.  [John Inger coll.]

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