Liberators of No. 356 Squadron on West Island. Photo credit to Robert Livingstone whose father served as an RAAF navigator in No. 160 Squadron.
Surrounded by all the trappings of a tropical paradise, a MK VI Liberator idly awaits its next mission.
A “tropical paradise” had its limits: a soggy days days on West Island were the norm.
Armourers of 356 Sqn prep their bombs on the rain-drenched hardstand.
Although constituted late in the war, No. 356 Squadron made a name for themselves with attacks against Japanese shipping and land targets.
Flying the Consolidated Liberator B Mark VI, 356 Sqn operated from the balmy Cocos Islands in the Indian Ocean. An outfit that included Canadians as well as Australians, they proved a good mixture as the squadron amply proved in combat.