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  DB-7B Boston Mark III Serial Number A28-14  
22 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Lesland Arthur Kenway, RAAF 405590 (MIA / KIA)
W/AG  F/Sgt Francis Colin Gordon, RAAF 405047 (MIA / KIA)
W/AG  Sgt Horace William Hall, RAAF 414486 (MIA / KIA)

MIA  February 9, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 3824. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AL892. 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.

Wartime History
During March 1942, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as DB-7B Boston serial number A28-14. Assigned to 22 Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On February 9, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby on a mission against Malahang near Lae. The aircraft lost formation in the clouds on the return journey and failed to return to Port Moresby.

All crew members are currently commemorated on the Port Moresby Memorial at the Bomana War Cemetery.

Boston in service with Royal Australian Air Force
ADF Serials - Boston A28-14
RAAF DB - Boston A28-14
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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