IN NEW GUINEA
Tasmanian Pilot's Notable
FLYING OFFICER KOCH
Flying-Officer A. A. Koch, who made a notable relief flight with food and other supplies for the Archbold scien- tific expedition in New Guinea, as re- ported on Tuesday in ''The Mercury," is a Tasmanian by birth, and is a son of Mr. R. W. Koch, Building Surveyor of the Hobart City Council.
Flying-Officer Koch was educated at Clemes College, Hobart, and took the
MR. A. A. KOCH
course of electrical engineering at the University of Tasmania. In 1926, at the age of 21 years, he qualified at Point Cook as a pilot officer, and became a flying officer, in the Royal Air Force in 1927. He served four years with the R.A.F., chiefly in Palestine. He then returned to Australia, and was assistant instructor at the Essendon aerodrome until he received in 1933 an appoint- ment with New Guinea Airways. He is on the air service to the gold fields in New Guinea, and recently he was placed in charge of the largest Junker machine of the company. Flying-Officer Koch has been in close contact with the native tribe discovered in the inte- rior by the Hides expedition about two years ago. He retained his rank in the R.A.F., and is attached to the Australian Reserve Air Force.