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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIc Serial Number A19-119  
31 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt William Eldridge Willard, 472 (KIA)
Navigator  Sgt Philip Neville Butler, 410449 (KIA)

Crashed  August 30, 1943

Mission History
One of six Beaufighters from 31 Squadron that attacked Taberfane Seaplane Base. Last seen 4 miles west of Erstein village on Trangan Island flying at treetop height with two A6M2-N Rufes flying 150 yards behind it.

Remains of aircraft and crew members located in 1946 by a RAAF Searcher Party led by F/Lt O'Shea. Both crew members are now buried in a joint grave at Ambon War Cemetery.

Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
February 14, 2020


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