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|Pilot F/Lt Geoffrey Hubert Vincent, 400866 (POW, executed 1-14-44) East Melbourne, VIC
Navigator W/O John Pretty Bailey, 4240 (POW, executed 11-25-43) Leederville, WA
W/AG F/O Allan Mervyn Brown, 413955 (POW, survived) Rylstone, NSW
W/AG F/O Charles William Vincent, 404757 (POW, executed 11-25-43, MIA) London, UK
Ditched October 21, 1943 at 4:02am
At approximately 4:00am, the target was located and at 4:02am the formation attacked. Beaufort A9-244 remained with the formation until the time of the attack but was not heard or seen after that. In fact, this Beaufort ditched and the entire crew survived.
Fates of the Crew
On November 25, 1943 F/O Charles W. Vincent and W/O Bailey were executed and buried in a mass grave on Matupi Island.
On January 14, 1944 a group of seventeen POWs were taken from the camp including F/Lt. Geoffrey Vincent were executed and buried in a mass grave on Matupi Island. During 1950, their bodies were found in a mass grave at Matupi Island and identified and recovered.
On February 17, 1944 F/O Brown was one of six Allied prisoners transported aboard a G4M1 Betty bomber from Rabaul to Truk, and then onward to Japan. He survived the war and was discharged from the RAAF in December 1945.
Charles William Vincent is memoralized at Bitapaka War Cemetery on the Rabaul Memorial, panel 34.
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