|Pilot S/Ldr Charles Walter Lyndsay Sage, 2198 (KIA / BR) Curlwaa, NSW
Navigator F/O Joseph Anderson Wormald, 402812 (KIA / BR) Double Bay, NSW
W/AG F/Sgt Charles Forbes Patterson, 401048 (KIA / BR) East Brighton, VIC
W/AG Sgt Douglas Wallace Desmond, 405839 (KIA / BR) Brisbane, QLD
Crashed June 26, 1942
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. Originally, this Beaufort was Intended for the Royal Air Force (RAF) but was never assigned.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VI serial number A9-52. Assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On June 26, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by S/Ldr Sage along with Beaufort piloted by F/Lt Douglas on a mission to bomb Salamaua. Returning, S/Ldr Sage contacted Port Moresby at approximately 4:00am by radio and asked for bearings and stated his bomber was over friendly territory. At 04:30am he asked for a second bearing that placed his bomber over the ocean to the west of Port Moresby.
Nothing further was heard from the aircraft. When this Beaufort failed to return, it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA). This was the first operational loss of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beaufort in New Guinea. The other Beaufort piloted by F/Lt Douglas returned to 7 Mile Drome safely.
During November 1986, the crash site of this Beaufort was located in steep terrain near Tapini, approximately sixty miles northwest of Port Moresby. It was identified by the markings and original RAF serial number "T9604" on the fuselage.
During January 1987, a team from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) visited the crash site and recovered remains of the crew.
On April 2, 1987 the recovered remains of were buried at the Lae War Cemetery. Sage, Wormald and Desmond are buried in collective grave NN.C.1-3. F/Sgt Patterson is buried in Grave NN.C.4.
100 Squadron Operations Record Book (ORB) (NAA: A9186, 123)
Wings Magazine - 'Some of Our Airmen Are No Longer Missing' (June 1987)
CWGC - Charles Walter Lyndsay Sage
CWGC - Joseph Anderson Wormald
CWGC - Charles Forbes Patterson
Douglas Wallace Desmond
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-52
RAAFDB - Beaufort A9-52
Thanks to Edward Rogers and Daniel Leahy for their assistance with this profile
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February 4, 2018