|Captain S/L Geoff E. Hemsworth, 260275 (POW, MIA / KIA) Collaroy, NSW
2nd Pilot Sgt Jack R. Coulter, 407891 (MIA / KIA) Black Forest, NSW
Navigator F/O Leo G. McClintock, 403782 (MIA / KIA) Manly, NSW
Engineer Clp Colin Marsden, 21371 (MIA / KIA) Merewether, NSW
Asst Engineer LAC Kenneth J. Arnott, 21070 (MIA / KIA) Mayfield, NSW
Radio LAC Norman R. Banvill, 23549 (MIA / KIA) Maryborough, NSW
Asst Radio Sgt John "Jack" P. W. Bandy, 401021 (MIA / KIA) St. Kilda, VIC
Rigger LAC Eric Dorman, 15453 (MIA / KIA)
Armor LAC Erwin Brown, 33208 (MIA / KIA) Darlinghurst, NSW
Crashed May 6, 1942
Hemsworth had flown a raid over Rabaul on the night of February 3-4 and his Catalina was heavily damaged—possibly by FPO/1C Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, who was flying a A5M4 Claude (a few of them teamed up with the searchlight crews) and claimed a Catalina that night. Hemsworth did an amazing job of getting the plane back to Port Moresby on one engine. The total event lasted more than 24 hours including a night landing off Salamaua.
Built by Consolidated. Constructors number 386. Assigned Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) serial number 9735. Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on March 10, 1942. On April 4, 1942 assigned to 20 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
Took off from Port Moresby Seaplane Base on a daylight reconnaissance mission and reported they spotted two Japanese destroyers, and were under attack by enemy aircraft. Shot down off Misima Island. The entire crew was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Fates of the Crew
Hemsworth was captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW). His ultimate fate is uknown, likely executed, died or otherwise dissapeared.
The entire crew was officially declared dead on May 7, 1942. All are memorialized at the Port Moresby Memorial. Hemsworth, Bandy, McClintock and Coulter on panel 9. Arnott, Dorman, Brown and Banvill on panel 10. Marsden on panel 19.
RAAFDB - Consolidated PBY Catalina A24-20
CWGC - Geoff Ellard Hemsworth
NAA - RAAF Service Record Hemsworth, G. E.
Jack Ronald Coulter
Leo Guy McClintock
CWGC - Kenneth John Arnott
Norman Robert Banvill
CWGC - John Percy William Bandy
CWGC - Erwin Bruce Brown
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June 29, 2019