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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark X "Wendy-Gwen II" Serial Number A19-202  
RAAF
30 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt Alexander R. MacPherson, 402529 (KIA, BR) Gore, QLD
Observer  F/Sgt Norman R. Stanton, 435250 (KIA, BR) Smithfield, QLD
Crashed  December 6, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Bristol in the United Kingdom (UK). Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number NE483. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter Mark X serial number A19-202. On April 9, 1944 reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On July 30, 1944 assigned to No. 30 Squadron. Nicknamed "Wendy-Gwen II".

Mission History
On December 6, 1944 took off from Pitu Airfield (Pitoe) on Morotai Island piloted by F/Lt Alexander R. MacPherson with observer F/Sgt Norman R. Stanton on a sweep against water craft off Celebes and was last seen diving sharply to attack motor transport on a coastal road near Cape Binta. The aircraft overshot the target and crashed into a hill behind the road and caught fire blazing fiercely.

Search
After the crash, other Beaufighters in the formation circled the crash site but saw no sign of survivors.

Wreckage
Postwar, the crash site was located by a RAAF Searcher Team and identified as Beaufighter A19-202.

Recovery of Remains
The same RAAF Searcher Team recovered the remains of both crew but individual identification was impossible.

Memorials
Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both were initially buried at Morotai before being permanently buried at Ambon War Cemetery at joint grave 33. A. 5-6.

References
CWGC - Alexander Roy MacPherson
CWGC - Norman Robert Stanton
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-36 states "crashed into sea [sic, crashed into a hill] 14 miles East of Cape Celebes"
RAAFDB - Beaufighter A19-36

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Last Updated
December 4, 2019

 

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