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John Clifton Davis, 416834 (MIA / KIA) Clare, SA
Navigator F/Sgt Geoffrey Raymond Emmett, 401932 (MIA / KIA) Balwyn, VIC
Gunner Sgt William Thomas Brain, 420130 (MIA / KIA) Newcastle, NSW
Gunner Sgt George Collins, 420447 (MIA / KIA) Bondi Junction, NSW
MIA July 12, 1943
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, a US Navy PB4Y-1 Liberator pilot Bill Corbett co-pilot Bill Reid from VD-1 Photographic Squadron on a routine patrol observed a G4M1 Betty at the same altitude and the turned to attack it but the enemy bomber turned towards Buka Passage and managed to escape. Another aircraft unidentified twin engine aircraft (this Beaufort) was spotted about 100' off the sea and was observed to turn towards the PB4Y that closed to 1,000 yards and opened fire, and the unidentified aircraft returned fire then pulled away. The PB4Y followed and observed it smoking then made a 90 degree turn and crashed into the sea west of Bougainville roughly 06-30S 154-02E.
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