R.A.A.F. Transport Pioneers

Added information about New Guinea.

The Rant Foundry

Aircrew and servicing personnel who travelled on the Lockheed Lodestar aircraft of No. 37 Squadron RAAF which escorted the Supermarine Spitfire aircraft of No. 452 Squadron RAAF during the move from Sattler airfield, near Darwin, NT, to Morotai Island in the Halmahera Islands, Dutch East Indies. They are seen here at Merauke, Dutch New Guinea, the first stop on the long flight. [AWM OG3059] Aircrew and servicing personnel working on a Lockheed Lodestar aircraft of No. 37 Squadron RAAF seen here at Merauke, Dutch New Guinea, the first stop on the long flight. [AWM OG3059] During 1943, an Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircrew pioneered the longest transport route in the world to be flown by a single crew, from Laverton in Victoria to the Kamiri strip in Noemfoor Island, Dutch New Guinea, a distance of over 3,200 kilometres (2,000 miles) across the towering unexplored mountain ranges of central New Guinea. The pioneer crew on this record-making run were Flight-Lieutenant R.W. Shore – captain; Flight-Lieutenant W.O. Francis – observer; Flight-Sergeant J. Caduch; Flight-Sergeant D. Sherton; and Sergeant N. Lazarus.

The route eventually became a regular run for the 37th Squadron’s aircrews who, flying Lodestars, linked Melbourne with the farthest RAAF outposts of New Guinea. Regularly flying 44 hours, these young Australians, most of whom…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on January 30, 2016, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Another well-chosen informative post regarding that section of the war. That was real endurance flying!
    I seem to be heavily into WW II at the moment with an amazing CD and DVD I picked up on Saturday dealing with songs of the era – British based, but American performers feature significantly. There are some outstanding action scenes, too.


  2. Logistically this was indeed a test of endurance. A size comparison of Australia to the U.S. (north to south): Our northern border with Canada is at the 49th parallel. Australia’s south island of Tasmania is about 44 degrees South latitude, a difference of only five degrees. The tip of Florida is perhaps 4 degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer which lies 23 degrees north of the equator) a total of 27 degrees from the EQUATOR; Australia’s northern peninsula just south of New Guinea is about 11 degrees from the EQUATOR.
    Nearly half of Australia is above the tropic of Capricorn at 24 degrees South latitude.
    Roughly, Australia is a bit longer than the U.S. north to south.


  3. 44 hours..woooooooooow in that time.Fantastic photo.


  4. sportsattitudes

    Amazing and educational post about that historic transport route. Thanks for sharing it GP.


  5. How do I send you a private message or email direct?

    Kayleen Reusser


    Author of World War II Legacies:

    Stories of Northeast Indiana Veterans

    Preserving our past, present, and future


    • Kayleen, I do not accept personal emails (long story and won’t bother you), but I do moderate the comments. If you write a comment you only want me to see – say so – and only you and I will be able to view it. I will then respond on your site and it will be up to you whether you delete that or not. All quite private.

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  6. 44 hours! That was some endurance in those old aircraft. Well done to those Aussie fliers.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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