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|Pilot F/O Harold I. M. Baldock, 412095 (MIA / KIA, BR) Epping, NSW
Navigator W/O Neville Abbott, 420513 (MIA / KIA, BR) Darlinghurst, NSW
Crashed July 13, 1944
Built by Bristol. RAF serial number LZ326. Assigned to the RAAF to 2 AD on November 30, 1944. Next, to 5 AD on January 12, 1944. Finally to 30 Squadron on March 6, 1944.
On July 13, 1944 took off on in a barge sweep over the Dandriwad River and Muschu Island area. Last seen in target area. Last contact - 0400 hours on 13/7/44. Last heard of 2 1/2 hours out of base.
When this aircraft failed to return, a search was conducted over the Kairiru Strait, but produced no sighting.
Postwar, a RAAF Searcher Team located the burnt wreckage and portions of two bodies near Sup on Muschu Island, believed to be this aircraft. Identification was impossible owing to the condition of the wreckage.
Recovery of Remains
After the recovery of remains, dental records for Baldock and Abbott were sent to WGS Wewak through DWGS. Both were positively identified and transported to Lae for permanent burial.
Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both were buried at Lae War Cemetery. Baldock at KK. D. 12. Abbott at KK. D. 13.
RAAF Searcher Brief
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-185
CWGC - Harold I. M. Baldock
CWGC - Neville Abbott
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