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No. 18 Squadron
|Pilot F/O Allen Wallace Slater, 414849 (MIA / KIA) Indooroopilly, QLD
Crew F/O Murray Scott Millett, 426641 (MIA / KIA) Lismore, NSW
Crew F/O John Francis Daggett, 434341 (MIA / KIA) Lubeck, VIC
Crew F/O Bernard Alwin Wisniewski, 423966 (MIA / KIA) Coogee, NSW
Crew F/Sgt Keith Rutherford Philipson, 429669 (MIA / KIA) Leeton, NSW
Crew Sgt Desmond Frederick Harberger, 435448 (MIA / KIA) Dalby, QLD
MIA September 22, 1944
Built by North American Aviation (NAA). Constructors Number 100-23749. At the factory painted with olive drab upper surfaces and gray lower surfaces and U. S. markings. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25D-30 Mitchell serial number 43-3423. Ferried overseas via Hickam Field then across the Pacific to Australia.
On April 22, 1944 assigned to the Netherlands for the Militaire Luchtvaart (ML-KNIL) Army Aviation Corps of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army for use in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) as B-25D-30 Mitchell N5-181. In the four days assigned to the Dutch it is unlikely this B-25 flew combat missions with No. 18 Squadron.
On April 26, 1944 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Mitchell serial number A47-3 at 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On June 18, 1944 assigned to No. 2 Squadron with code O-Y. Later, stripped to bare aluminum finish. No known nose art or nickname.
On September 22, 1944 took off piloted by F/O Allen W. Slater on a barge strafing mission off Manatuto on the north coast of East Timor on Timor Island. While strafing a Japanese barge and pulling out of a dive, this Mitchell was seen in a high speed stall then to flick to the right and crash into the sea off Manatuto with no survivors observed. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at Adelaide River War Cemetery on the Northern Territory Memorial. Slater, Wisniewski and Millett on panel 7. Daggett on panel 6. Philips on on panel 9. Harberger on panel 10.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-25D-30 Mitchell 43-3423
"3423 to NEIAF as N5-181, later to RAAF as A47-3. Lost on operations north coast of Timor 9/22/1944."
B-25 Mitchell in Dutch Service
"3423 to NEIAF as N5-181, later to RAAF as A47-3. lost on operations 9/44."
ADF Serials - Mitchell A47-3
CWGC - Allen Wallace Slater
CWGC - Murray Scott Millett
CWGC - John Francis Daggett
CWGC - Bernard Alwin Wisniewski
CWGC - Keith Rutherford Philipson
CWGC - Desmond Frederick Harberger
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February 23, 2020
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