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|Pilot F/Sgt Henry Harrington Gaunt, 406899 (MIA / KIA) Kojonup, WA
Navigator P/O Trevor John Jones, 425671 (MIA / KIA) Shorncliffe, QLD
Crashed November 21, 1943
The aircraft formed up in groups of three and upon reaching the target, were intercepted by three Rufes - two of which were claimed as being shot down. A19-145 was not seen to suffer any damage due to enemy action.
On the return flight, all aircraft stopped to refuel at Millingimbi Airfield before departing individually (at short intervals) for the flight back to Coomalie. When Beaufighter A19-140 landed at Coomalie Airfield it was learnt that A19-145, which had taken off immediately before it, had not arrived and "overdue procedure" was immediately put into place.
Rediscovered in 1993, the wreckage was again investigated.
Bob Alford adds:
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