|Pilot FLTLT Harry John Fowler, 415636 (MIA / KIA, BR) Cottesloe, WA
Crew FLTLT Francis Owen Smith, 422062 (MIA / KIA, BR) Kempsey, NSW
Crew FLTLT John William Shipman, 422085 (MIA / KIA, BR) Bexley, NSW
Crew FLGOFF Arthur Geoffrey Waite, 406817 (MIA / KIA, BR) Bullsbrook, WA
Previously, the entire crew survived a crash landing Tadji Airfield in Beaufort A9-557 on January 20, 1945.
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-650. Assigned to 1 Squadron. Later assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
13, 1945 took off Tadji Airfield on a bombing mission against Maprik. After dropping their 100 pound bombs over the target, a faulty fuse prematurely detonated exploding under the aircraft and caused it to crash.
Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew were recovered.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, all were buried at Lae War Cemetery. Shipman and Fowler are buried in joint grave NN. B. 2-3. Owen is buried at KK. C. 13. Waite at KK. C. 12.
Previously, the same crew survived the crash landing of Beaufort A9-557 on January 20, 1945.
NAA Operations Record Book (ORB) Number 100 Squadron - March 13, 1945 (NAA: A9186, 123 page 423)
(Page 423) "13 [March 1945] Loss of aircraft A9-650 F/Lt Fowler and crew."
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-650
CWGC - Harry John Fowler
CWGC - Francis Owen Smith
CWGC - John William Shipman
CWGC - Arthur Geoffrey Waite
RAAFDB - DAP Beaufort Mk. VIII A9-650
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January 19, 2020