Three piece cast aluminium desk ornament consisting of a oval base with a map of New Guinea. 1:72 scale P-38 Lightning. The map of New Guinea is engraved 'Greetings from New Guinea 1945' and depictions of mountains and palm trees. Coastal towns are marked with their names and a dot of plastic, alternatively red or green. Towns are, clockwise from left to right Sorong, Sonsapor, Manawors (, Hollandia, Aitape, Wewak, Madang, Finschhafen, Lae, Buna, Milne Bay, Moresby, Kirori, Merauke and Topere. The 'sea' around the island has been patterned and coloured blue.
Made by Lance Corporal Thomas Henry Clissold, 2/2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE)
Clissold displayed a high degree of expertise with designing and casting souvenirs made from aluminium and perspex, materials freely available as salvage from wrecked aircraft in the New Guinea theatre. Souvenirs such as these were either sent home as sweetheart gifts, or sold to other servicemen and Americans for profit.
1945. Brass trench art aircraft ashtray. The base is made from a cutdown 37mm Japanese shell case. Attached to the primer tube is a model of a Japanese aircraft made from a 50 calibre cartridge, 6.5mm Japanese projectile and several pieces of scrap brass. Two grooves have been made in the rim of the base for resting cigarettes.
Painted balsa wood model of a Mosquito aircraft projecting from a wooden pole bearing a carved silver-painted snake entwined around it. The snake has an incised pattern on its head and back to represent scales and its metal eyes hold it in place on the pole. Ttriangular silver painted depression, edged with brown and olive green painted lines, carved into it, designed either as an ash or pin tray. The Mosquito has a plastic canopy and is painted silver underneath and in brown and green camouflage pattern on the upper surface.
This model was made in 1944 by air gunner Flight Sergeant Vernon Rupert Clements RAAF 1944
Brooch made by Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Raymond Rooke for his sister Maria Attached to the brooch is a piece of blue fabric embroidered in white with 'AUSTRALIA', taken from a RAAF uniform.
Trench art model of a Martin B26 Marauder aircraft with ashtray base made from bullets and a cutdown 105mm shell casing . Engraved on side of the ashtray is 'Dutch New Guinea R.A.A.F. 1944'.
This ashtray was made by Corporal Charles Allen Broughton Phippen, RAAF, while he was serving on in Dutch New Guinea, 1944. The nickel plating was carried out post-war.
Nickel-plated brass trench art model of a P38 Lockheed Lightning aircraft made from shell casing and bullets mounted on an ashtray base, made from a cutdown 105mm shell case. Engraved on the side of the ashtray base is a palm tree on an island together with the words 'Noemfoor Island R.A.A.F1944-5'.
This ashtray was made by 63618 Corporal Charles Allen Broughton Phippen, RAAF, while he was serving on Noemfoor Island, in Dutch New Guinea, in 1944-1945. The nickel plating was carried out post-war.
c 1942-1943 cast brass model of a Bristol Blenheim bomber made as a souvenir during 614 Squadron's tour in North Africa, probably by ground crew working in the supporting workshop and servicing area for the unit.
This model is associated with the service, in 614 Squadron, RAF, of Warrant Officer Arthur (known as Allan) Milner, who flew as both an wireless operator and an air gunner.. Milner was born in England on 6 May 1921 and enlisted in the RAF in January 1941. After initial training his first flight took place in a Bristol Blenheim I at Jurby on the Isle of Man. His first operational flight as a flight sergeant wireless operator with 614 Squadron, then operating Blenheeim IVs, took place on 9 December 1941, with David Smythe as pilot. The two men flew 70 operational sorties together. Milner took part in the 1000 bomber raid on Cologne on 30 May 1942 and in the Dieppe operation of 19 August 1942. On this occasion his aircraft was attacked by two Messerschmitt Me109s and was also damaged by small arms fire from the beach. At the end of August the squadron converted to Blenheim Vs and in November moved to airfields in North Africa at Canrobet, Oulmène and Taffaroui undertaking a variety of tasks, including the bombing of shipping at Bizerta in Tunisia, convoy escort and anti-submarine patrols. On 11 April 1943, Milner's Blenheim burst a tyre on take off from Oulmène, Algeria. The bombs were jettisoned but the aircraft was destroyed by fire in the subsequent crash landing although the crew escaped unhurt. In September 1943 the squadron began operations with Coastal Command around Sicily. In February 1944 Milner left the squadron for further training in air gunnery, also qualified as a wireless instructor and was promoted to warrant officer. He worked as an instructor at No 1 AFU at Wigtown, England until March 1945. After this date Milner flew with 192 Squadron, a number of transport units and 53 Squadron as both a wireless operator and a navigator, until his discharge from the RAF in July 1947. He joined British South American Airways as a radio officer in March 1948, transferring to BOAC in 1950 when they took over BSAA, where he worked for 15 years. During this time he retrained as a navigator. In 1963 he retrained again as an air traffic controller, working for International Aeradio in Bahrain until 1965 when he emigrated to Australia to join Qantas as a navigator. He retired in the early 1970s.