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  DB-7B Boston Mark III Serial Number A28-21  
22 Squadron

Pilot  P/O George Trevelyan Smith, 401793 (MIA / KIA) Toorak, VIC
Crew  Sgt Roderick Thomas Kerr, RAAF 401799 (MIA / KIA) Bendigo, VIC
Crew  Sgt Lance Dawes, RAAF 414541 (MIA / KIA) Bunleigh Heads, QLD

MIA  February 6, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 3826. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AL894. 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 Mark III serial number A28-21. Assigned to No. 22 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. This aircraft flew at least 24 combat missions.

Mission History
On February 6, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby on a mission against Salamaua. The aircraft was shot down into the sea off Salamaua. When this aircraft failed to return the entire crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

The three crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. All three are commemorated on the Lae Memorial at Lae War Cemetery. Smith on panel 6. Kerr and Dawes on panel 7.

Boston in service with Royal Australian Air Force
ADF Serials - Boston A28-21
CWGC - George Trevelyan Smith
CWGC - Roderick Thomas Kerr
CWGC - Lance Dawes
RAAFDB - Boston A28-21
RAAFDB - George Trevelyan Smith
RAAFDB - Roderick Thomas Kerr
RAAFDB - Lance Dawes
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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