'Ferdie', the Pygmy Flying Phalanger, 1945

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When: 14 June 1945

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ID Number: OG2824
Maker: John Thomas Harrison
Place made: Halmahera Islands, Morotai

'Ferdie', the Pygmy Flying Phalanger, is on active service with a famous RAAF Spitfire squadron. He belongs to O35898 Flying Officer (FO) Robert Addison of Elwood, Vic, who brought him from Bathurst Island. 'Ferdie' spent a wild youth, but now is a reformed character. When he reached the larrikin stage, he acquired a taste for beer and could drink a long tablespoon with any squirrel, but at aerobatics, his judgment went to pieces after twenty minutes intermittent drinking, he even fell into a full glass of beer. Since then, not a drop of liquor has passed his lips. As one of the squadron's mascots, the teetotal possum met with a lot of competition. Among his rivals were fifteen dogs, a cat, another possum and a rooster. FO Addison claims Ferdie's success was due to his reputation for temperate living.

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    El ser humano Siempre tiene su Lado TiERNO

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    these are great moments of love...

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    • 27/Sep/2010 16:46:17

    what a great photo! too bad the camera data was not recorded.

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    ceaseless reward

    • 27/May/2011 22:46:38

    Great capture