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|Pilot W/O Raymond John Keyes, 420571 (MIA / KIA) Sydney, NSW
MIA January 28, 1945
On March 11, 1944 took off piloted by F/Lt William Allan Whetters and force landed on mud flats in bad weather, which damaged the oil cooler and other underside fittings. Whetters suffered head lacerations during the crash.
Afterwards, salvaged from the mud flats and on April 9, 1944 assigned to 3 Air Depot (3 AD) for repairs. Returned to 15 ARD then was assigned to 22 RSU.
This aircraft was to be assigned to 76 Squadron and flown from Port Moresby to Noemfoor by W/O Keyes of 76 Squadron. He requested Beaufort A9-660 piloted by W/Cdr Barker escort him across the Owen Stanley Mountains from Port Moresby via Lae Airfield to Tadi Airfield. It is not known whether W/O Keyes also intended to land at Lae Airfield.
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