I happen to be visiting Australia this month, and today, I happen to have gone out to a small airfield in Temora, in country New South Wales. Temora was a major training base in the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) during World War II. At its peak, it was home to upto 94 Tiger Moth trainer planes, and over 2,000 student pilots passed through. Today, it is an ‘aviation park’ for hobbyists, and the home of the Temora Aviation Museum. During the aerial displays and fly-pasts an interesting fact was pointed out, that the 19th of February, 1942, was the very first time the Japanese military attacked the Australian mainland (see the ANZAC Day history website).
So, to commemorate the day I was lucky enough to photograph a Curtis P40 Kittyhawk, which became the main fighter aircraft in the Pacific in b0th the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the United States Army Air Force (USAAF). Also below is the key founder of the Temora Aviation Musuem David Lowry AM, who flew the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII (pictured behind him). These photos need to be processed on my main computer when I get back home to Japan, which will be early March, following which they should be available on my PhotoShelter account by mid-March (2011).