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Mullalyup to Mississippi – An RAAF Airman’s Journey.

In many ways, Flight Sergeant Edgar Horace Hawter was not unlike the thousands of other Australians of his generation who volunteered to serve their country in the Second World War and never returned. He was certainly not alone in being recorded, initially, as ‘Missing.’ Hawter’s remains, however, were found, but could not be positively identified and thus separated,

Friend or Potential Foe? The Difficult Position of the Indigenous in PNG in WW2.

I have written previously about the official recognition of the assistance of the indigenous people of Papua and New Guinea to Australian military forces in the war against Japan. Certainly without their skills and commitment to our cause, the war, particularly in the first 18 months, would have been much harder. However to paint these people as one-dimensional,