75248 Corporal Patrick Gervase Scroope
4th Mobile Works Unit &
6th Airfield Construction Squadron
Royal Australian Air Force
Papua New Guinea/Pacific Theatre
World War II

This file last updated 12 June, 2022 15:11

Photographs taken on deployment - Papua New Guinea and Islands WW2

For information concerning No 30 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._30_Squadron_RAAF

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Memorial at Milne Bay

Memorial at Milne Bay

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Corporal Patrick Scroope

Patrick Scroope, NEW GUINEA

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Recovering the engine from a wrecked P40 Kittyhawk

Recovering engine from P40 Kittyhawk

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Airfield construction

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Resupply MILNE BAY

Resupply Milne Bay

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Native village scene

Native village scene

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Tent mates - Patrick 2nd from left (?)

Tent mates

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Tent mates again - less shade this time

Tent mates - again

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Donkeys used to carry resupply

Donkeys used for resupply

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Village - beach scene

Village - beach scene

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Road through copra plantation

Road through copra plantation

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Weapons practice - Vickers Machine Gun

Weapons practive - Vickers Machinegun

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Villagers Villagers

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Victory March (location not known)

Victory March

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Drummers in headdress

Drummers in headdress

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Village beauty

Village beauty

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Coastal village huts

Coastal village huts

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Church parade

Church parade

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Patrick and brother "Jack" (John Leo) who was a QANTAS employee "left behind" when the firm withdrew from NEW GUINEA

Patrick and cousin Jack

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Most likely the results of the Japanese air raid on PORT MORESBY'S WARD AIRFIELD on 12 Apr 1943

Air raid at Ward Airfield PORT MORESBY

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Unit photograph - 4th Works Maintenance Unit
[Later redesignated 6th Airfield Construction Squadron]

Unit photo 4 WMU (later renamed 6 AFC)

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Recovering engines from wrecked planes

Recovering engines

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Bristol Beaufighter of 30 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force
See further information below 30 Sqn RAAF Bristol Beaufighter

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The same plane showing damage from a Japanese bomb.
See further information below

Another image of same plane

History of Bristol Beaufighter A19-11 Mk.1c of 30 Squadron RAAF (images above and below)

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29 Jan 1942

Shipped from United Kingdom

20 Apr 1942

AP

18 Aug 1942

Assigned to 30 Squadron RAAF, Squadron coded L

17 Aug 1942

[This aircraft] One of the 24 Beaufighters flown from RICHMOND NSW to BOHL RIVER near TOWNSVILLE QLD for operational training. 19-A11, among others, landed at BUNDABERG QLD to refuel, staying overnight, flying to BOHLE RIVER the next day.
Crew: Pilot SGT M. Morgan, Navigator SGT F. Cassidy (Dick p17)
Passengers LAC Meers, LAC Dusting.

12 Sep 1942

Flew to Wards airstrip, PORT MORSEBY, NEW GUINEA

1 Oct 1942

Starboard engine damaged by Japanese anti-aircraft fire at SANANANDA but was able to return to Wards Airstrip on one engine.
Pilot FLGOFF Willard, Navigator F/Sgt Nelson

5 Oct 1942

RSU repaired)

15 Feb 1943

30 Sqn [i.e., returned to unit]

3 Mar 1943

Participated in the Battle of the Bismark Sea.
Crew: Pilot: FLGOFF George Drury, Navigator: SGT Dave Beasley.
A19-11 was attacked by a pair of covering Zeros when about to strafe convoy ships but escaped by diving to surface level and opening the throttles.

22 Mar 1943

Suffered damage to wings during operations. FLGOFF Drury was renowned for returning from operations with palm fronds hangin from his aircraft. (Dick p88)

28 Mar 1943

15 ARD

7 Apr 1943

30 Sqn.

12 Apr 1943

Major daylight raid by 45 bombers and 60 fighters on PORT MORESBY NG with 9 bombers concentrating on Wards airstrip, A19-11 was damaged when a Japanese bomb bounced off rear starboard wing before exploding. (photo Parnell p24 and Dick p89) [Parnell's photo below]

The dates for the following entries seem confused, but are ordered as they were reported.

27 Apr 1943

All attempts to obtain remainder of parts have failed, aircraft has been stripped to make others serviceable.

30 May 1943

15 ARD

30 May 1943

Conversion to components approved.

References

ADF-Serials, http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a19.htm extracted 1 Jun 2022.
(The detailed information concerning this aircraft taken from this source)
Beaufighters over New Guinea ‐ No 30 Squadron RAAF 1942-43, George Turnbull Dick, RAAF Museum, Melbourne, Ventura Publications, 2002.
Coomalie Charlie Commandos ‐ 31 Squadron Beaufighters at Darwin 1942-43, Banner Books, Maryborough, Parnell, N. M., 1980.