Australian Badges by Henry Mayer around Port Moresby
The large size rising sun with crown
type were worn on their distinctive slouch hats with the smaller size
on the lapels. Both types were mostly found around Bootless Bay
and at 9,14,17 mile on the rouna road.
The Australia shoulder badges
and lt pips were also found in these areas. The transport service badges
are all from the b/less area.
The RAAF pilots wing, silver rising sun w/crown
badge and the airplane badges were all found at durand drome and were
most likely souvenirs of u.s personnel (traded with RAAF).
The complete RAAF cap badge was
found near a fox hole on high hill east of jacksons along with some coins,
buttons, d/tags, bayonet, brass fittings, mess
were all American.
The partial RAAF cap badge was found in a a/craft revetment
on the eastside
of jacksons.This revetment along with several others no longer exist as
the defence force air wing barracks are now sited on this spot.
The prop badge
was found on the sea end of jacksons runway.
The whip/yoke badge was found on
the edges of schwimmer drome at laloki.In this area there are only dugouts
made of dirt filled 44gal drums and dirt ordnance
The green airdrop badge was found out at 18 mile on a site which once
had a aust survey unit stationed.
The silver rearing mule badge which
bears the motto "anywhere" came
from the site at 13 mile where discarded horse gear was.
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