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Don Fetterly 2001
|Pilot WGCDR Clarence Parsons Glasscock,
Navigator FLGOFF R. A. Kelly (survived)
Crew WGCDR Jervis Huon Glasscock, 135 (survived)
Ditched August 16, 1943
Clarence Glasscock was the C.O. of 30 Squadron, he earned the DFC was later killed piloting Beaufighter A19-133 on September 19, 1943.
Built by Bristol. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled. Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter Mark VIc serial number A19-130. Assigned to No. 30 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On August 16, 1943 at 9:20am took off from Vivigani Airfield piloted by WGCDR Clarence P. Glasscock on a check-out flight to test fuel consumption and orientation. While flying at 1,200', the right engine failed while crossing the west coast of Fergusson Island. Not being able to maintain altitude with a full war load, Glasscock decided to ditch into Hughes Bay.
After flying inland for a short period of time, this Beaufighter crossed the north coast of the Island at low altitude and prepared to ditch. Before landing, the forward escape hatch was jettisoned at 100' above the mouth of the Bunai River and power cut 20' above the sea on a down wind landing and successfully ditched.
Fates of the Crew
All three crew members survived the ditching unhurt. The aircraft sank in about ten seconds. Their life raft dingy inflated automatically, but was punctured by the tail as the aircraft nosed over before plummeting to the bottom. The raft was abandoned forcing the crew to swim to shore.
During July 2000, this aircraft was located by Rod Pearce and Don Fetterly using side scan sonar at a depth of 204' on a flat sandy bottom. The wreckage is located off the north coast of Fergusson Island roughly 667m offshore.
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-130
Thanks to Rodney Pearce, Don Fetterly and Daniel Leahy for additional information.
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August 7, 2020
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