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Stan Gajda 1980
Rob Lalumiere 2005
|Pilot F/L Francis Leonard Sismey, 402764 (KIA) Concord, NSW
Crew F/O William Samuel Bell, 417693 (KIA) Bagot Well, SA
Crew WOFF Thomas Nathan Rust, 408348 (KIA) Wynyard, TAS
Crew WOFF Bernard Leslie Cox, 412402 (KIA) Seven Hills, NSW
Crew F/Sgt Leonard Duncanson, 59752 (KIA) Brunswick, VIC
Crew F/Sgt Lester Maxwell Bailey, 443477 (KIA) Granville, NSW
Crew F/Sgt Ivan Nelson Luke Easton (KIA) Vaucluse, NSW
Crew F/Sgt Thomas Walter Allen, 440166 (KIA) Earlwood, NSW
Crew F/Sgt Donald Douglas Benson, 435604 (KIA) Mosman, QLD
Crew F/Sgt John Austin Hollis, 445226 (KIA) Bondi Beach, NSW
Crew F/Sgt John Raymond Wilbur Herps, 440858 (KIA) Gladesville, NSW
Crashed May 20, 1945
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Constructors Number 5885. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24M-10-CO Liberator serial number 44-41949. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
During December 1944, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Liberator A72-160. Assigned to No. 12 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On May 20, 1945 took off at night from Truscott Airfield piloted by F/L Francis Leonard Sismey on a bombing mission against Balikpapan. After becoming airborne too early due to a hump in the runway, this bomber climbed to 20' and veered to the left and crash just off the northwest end of runway. As fire and rescue crews raced to the crash, the bombs exploded killing everyone aboard.
The wreckage of this Liberator remains in situ including the ball turret, engines.
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