Australian officer served as Chief of Air Staff, Royal Australian Air Force in Australia, 5/1942-2/1952
REEL 1 Recollections of period as Chief of Air Staff, Royal Australian Air Force in Australia, 5/1942-2/1952: procuring aircraft from US; story of obtaining Vultee Vengence from US; reasons for choice of Consolidated B-24 Liberator; procuring North American P-51 Mustang; reasons for loss of Supermarine Spitfires during Japanese raid on Darwin, 1942; Royal Netherlland Air Force presence in Australia; development of Commonwealth Wirraway into fighter role; attitude of Australian squadron commanders to being held on North Moluccas Island, Dutch East Indies and not moving to Philippines, 1945; procurement and construction of De Havilland Mosquito.
REEL 2 Continues: use of North American P-51 Mustangs in Korea; procurement of Gloster Meteors; story of acquiring North American F-86 Sabre jet aircraft; story of development of trainer by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation.
This unpleasant-looking character is called the Squander Bug, and it was created during the Second World War by artist Phillip Boydell, an employee of the National Savings Committee. The cartoon bug appeared in press adverts and poster campaigns as a menace who encouraged shoppers to waste money rather than buy war savings certificates.
American troops and locals at the Dove Inn, Burton Bradstock, in Dorset, 1944.
In 1942, the first of over 1.5 million American servicemen arrived on British shores in preparation for the Allied offensives against Germany during the Second World War. That year, the United States' War Department published Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain to help soldiers, sailors and airmen – many of whom had never travelled abroad before – adjust to life in a new country.