Tom Spencer examines the RAAF’s Second World War Mosquito photo reconnaissance operations over the Dutch East Indies.

In mid-1944 the first of six Mosquito PR.40s, modified from the Australian-built FB.40 variant, was delivered to No.1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) at Coomalie Creek in the Northern Territory. They were to supplement the unit’s miscellany of CAC Wirraways and Lockheed Lightning F-4s, the latter on loan from the US Army Air Force.


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