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No. 6 Squadron
No. 23 Squadron
No. 24 Squadron
RAAF July 29, 1941
RAAF July 29, 1941
|Pilot F/Lt Lancelot Edward Hilmer Clarke, 416567 (MIA / KIA) Melrose, SA
Crew F/O Thomas John Steel, 428807 (MIA / KIA) Dundas, NSW
Crew Cpl William McPherson Gaze, 38868 (MIA / KIA) Boonah, QLD
Passenger Squadron Leader Nigel Minter Pilcher, 260750 C. O. Survey Flight (MIA / KIA) Merewether, NSW
Passenger Sqn Ldr Cuthbert Griffen, 262191 C.O. 14 OBU (MIA / KIA) Bonshaw, NSW
Passenger LAC Frank George Chiverton, 22955 (MIA / KIA) Townsville, QLD
Passenger LAC Walter Kenrick Nielsen, 151744 (MIA / KIA) Sarina, QLD
Crashed July 23, 1945
Built by Lockheed as Hudson Mark I. Constructors Number 1898. Disassembled and loaded as cargo and shipped across the Pacific to Australia.
On March 4, 1940 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Hudson A16-47 and reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On May 6, 1940 assigned to 6 Squadron. On June 29, 1940 assigned to 23 Squadron.
On December 6, 1941 assigned to No. 24 Squadron at Garbutt Field.
On January 7, 1942 took off on a mission against Rabaul and was heavily damaged by enemy fire. Afterwards, temporarily repaired then flown back to Garbutt Field at Townsville. On April 20, 1942 assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD) for major repairs that took eleven months to complete. On March 3, 1943 assigned to 1 Operational Training Unit (1 OTU).
On July 23, 1943 took off piloted by F/O J D Osborne, 400286 with Sgt C. D. Brockhurst, 425593, passenger F/O W. E. Savidge, 51233 and WAG Sgt C. H. Kealy, 416683. While landing, the brakes seized causing the Hudson to tip onto the nose. None of the crew were injured.
On August 10, 1943 assigned to 7 Air Depot (7 AD). Next on April 19, 1944 returned to 1 Operational Training Unit (1 OTU). On April 29, 1944 assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On May 26, 1944 assigned to Survey Flight then on June 10, 1945 to 2 Air Depot (2 AD) before returning to Survey Flight on June 28, 1945. Coded SU-R.
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July 21, 2020
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