|Pilot F/Sgt Alan J. Salter, 414841 (MIA / KIA) Brisbane, QLD
MIA November 26, 1943
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructors Number 932.
During July 1943, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On November 26, 1943 assigned to 4 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On November 26, 1943 took off from Tsili-Tsili Airfield piloted by F/Sgt Alan John Salter with Boomerang A46-132 on a tactical reconnaissance mission of the Sanga River area near Finschafen. The Boomerangs were escorted by four Airacobras from the 41st Fighter Squadron
The formation was attacked by seven enemy fighters and both Boomerangs were last seen by the fighter escort being engaged by seven Japanese fighters near the mouth of the Sanga River. Both failed to return.
In 1946, RAAF Searcher Team lead by S/L Keith Rundle incorrectly believed the location of these losses was the Musa River or Songade River and makes reference to another river called Banga which is north of Finschhafen and this confusion has obviously led to the failure to locate the aircraft.
During 1948 another RAAF team searched the Sanga River area for the two lost Boomerangs. No trace of either the pilot or aircraft was found.
Salter was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Lae War Cemetery on the Lae Memorial, panel 7.
CWGC - Alan John Salter
ADF Serials - Boomerang A46-109
Thanks to Alistair Munro for additional details
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February 4, 2018