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|Pilot F/L Vernon William Morgan, 550 (KIA) Claremont, WA
Crew F/O John Harold Borland, 405569 (KIA) Caloundra, QLD
Crew Sgt Ronald Thomas Power (KIA) Alexandria, NSW
Crashed November 10, 1942
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 2748. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AL365. At the factory, painted in RAF markings and camouflage. No known U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number was allocated.
This Boston was one of twenty-two Bostons from the RAF production that were instead allocated to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) and over painted with the markings of the Kon Marine (Dutch Navy). Disassembled and shipped overseas bound for the Netherlands East Indies. After the fall of Java while still in transit, diverted to Australia.
During March 1942, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as DB-7B Boston serial number A28-12. Assigned to 22 Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
On June 6, 1942 this Boston claimed to sink a Japanese submarine off Botany Bay near Sydney, but this claim proved to be erroneous.
On November 10, 1942 at 2:00pm took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby with two other Bostons on a practice bombing mission over SS Pruth. Near the shipwreck, this aircraft exploded in mid air, possibly due to the premature detonation of a light fragmentation bomb in the bomb bay hitting the fuselage or coming loose prematurely.
Recovery of Remains
The remains of the crew were later recovered and buried at Bomana War Cemetery. Morgan at B2. C. 12. Borland at B2. C. 9. Power at B2. C. 11.
Boston in service with Royal Australian Air Force
ADF Serials - Boston A28-12
Wrecks & Reefs (1994) page 218
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December 5, 2020
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