Between May 1942 through April 1943, personnel of the R.A.A.F. were attached to the 13th & 90th Bomb Squadrons of the 3rd Bombardment Group. Attached were Pilots, Wireless Air Gunners & early on Observers. The pilots, both Flying Officers & Sgt. Pilots, were used as Co-Pilots in the B-25s of the 3rd BG as well as the W.A..G.s, known as Radio/Gunners in the U.S.A.A.F, to fill the gaps in experienced personnel. Such was the case in the early days of WWII for the 3rd Bombardment Group.
SGT. TERRENCE J. GAWNE
90th Bombardment Squadron WWII Combat Log
Oct. 5  - more OTU training all day . . . . bombardiers being checked by Sgt. Neal and Sgt. Pardue . . . . Sgt. “Jimmie” Hume and Sgt. Thompson checking the gunners . . . . the RAAF boys, our best lower gunners, beating out code to the new Radio Gunners . . . . Sgt. Gawne and Sgt. Allan supervising . . . . [page 62]
After RAAF Sgt. Terrence J. Gawne ( (408648) left the 90th Squadron he was assigned to RAAF 22 Squadron flying A-20A-1 bombers out of Port Moresby. He was KIA on 30 January 1944 when his plane was apparently hit by AA. See attached newspaper article and document. Unsure why the newspaper article uses the term navigator to describe his duty. Wireless Operator / Aerial Gunner (WAG) [radio gunner] was his primary training. When KIA, Terence J. Gawne was a Pilot Officer which corresponds to a 2nd Lt. in the USAAF.
Information provided by Edward Rogers