|Pilot F/Lt Charles Raymond Kerferd Young, 425802 RAAF (KIA, BR) Toowong, QLD
Navigator F/O Frederick Dunlop Rutledge, 426164 RAAF (KIA, BR) South Brisbane, QLD
Radio W/O Kenneth Clement Bevan, 1140088 RAF (KIA, BR) Liverpool, UK
Crashed July 2, 1945
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 15912/32660. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47B-25-DK Dakota serial number 44-76328. Shipped overseas as part of lend-lease.
Delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as Dakota serial number KN344. Assigned to 1315 Flight. No known nickname or nose art.
On July 2, 1945 took off from Mascot Airfield near Sydney piloted by F/Lt Young on a ferry flight via Garbutt Field and Milne Bay bound for Momote Airfield on Los Negros Island. Aboard was freight for the Royal Navy and passenger W/O Kenneth Clement Bevan. After landing at Garbutt Field at Townsville this C-47 took off again on the next leg of the flight bound for Milne Bay. When this aircraft failed to arrive, the crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Postwar, the wreckage was found by a RAAF Searcher Team led by S/L Keith Rundle near Samarai Island. The remains of the crew were recovered.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the three crew members were buried at Bomana War Cemetery. Young at B3. D. 16. Rutledge at B3. D. 17.
Bevan at B3. D. 18.
USAF - Douglas C-47B-25-DK Skytrain 44-76328
"76328 (MSN 15912/32660) to RAF as Dakota IV KN344. Crashed at Samari, New Guinea Jul 2, 1945 (not sure if this is date of crash or date wreck was found)"
CWGC - Charles Raymond Kerferd Young
Frederick Dunlop Rutledge
Kenneth Clement Bevan
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May 11, 2018