8 October 1942

Allied air forces now supplying the Australian advance with air drops, literally supplies dropped, or kicked out of supply planes over the Australian drop zones, especially the large dry lakes at Myola on the Track.

Many Australians are volunteered as ‘kicker-outers’, the man who sits at the open plane door kicking the supply cargo out the door as it’s pushed down the fuselage to him. No safety belts, just hanging on for dear life with one foot securely placed inside the door and the other propelling the cargo out.

The primitive system is also a constant danger to the troops waiting below and Sgt Wally Wakefield of 2/25th is killed when struck by a pack on the edge of the Myola drop zone.