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  PBY-5 Catalina Serial Number A24-64 Code OX-D
43 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt Herbert Cunningham Roberts, 406368 (MIA / KIA) Yarrawonga, VIC
Co-Pilot  F/Lt Frank William Silvester, 411054 (MIA / KIA) Collaroy, NSW
Crew  F/O Robert Carlisle Barbour, 419949 (MIA / KIA) Coburg, VIC
Crew  F/Lt James Henry Cox, 411867 (MIA / KIA) Warren, NSW
Crew  F/O Raymond Harold Bradstreet, 406824 (MIA / KIA) South Yarra, VIC
Crew  Sgt James Robert Robinson, 37766 (MIA / KIA) Watson's Bay, NSW
Crew  F/Sgt David John Albert, 37077 (MIA / KIA) Auburn, NSW
Crew  Sgt John Charles MacDonald, 15882 (MIA / KIA) Manly, NSW
Crew  Sgt Harold Stanley Goodchild, 82777 (MIA / KIA) Mukinbudin, WA
MIA  December 14, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in San Diego. Constructors Number 1329. Delivered to the U.S. Navy (USN) as PBY-5 Catalina Bureau Number 08405. Ferried via Hawaii across the Pacific to Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with PBY-5 Catalina serial number A24-64. On August 7, 1943 assigned to No. 43 Squadron with code OX-D.

Mission History
On December 14, 1944 took off from Tacloban on Leyte piloted by F/Lt Herbert Cunningham Roberts on an aerial mining mission against Manila Bay. The aircraft departed independently and nothing further was heard from it after take off. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

The course was due to take the aircraft through the Hintolo Channel just south of Masbate Island, through the channel between Panay and Karabao Islands, over the middle of Semirara Island, round the western tip of Mindoro, up the coast of Mindoro turning almost due east after reaching Cape Kalavite for a few miles and then proceeding almost due north through the Verde Island Passage as far as Bagak Bay, then in between Mount Natib and Mariveles to the western side of Manila Bay. Returning, it was to follow a course which carried them east of Corregidor and then south west back to Cape Kalavite.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized at Labuan War Cemetery on the Labuan Memorial on panel 32.

Navy Serial Number Search Results - PBY-5 Catalina 08405
"08405 (MSN 1329) to RAAF as A24-64. Failed to return from Philippines 12/14/1944."
RAAF Casualty Card - Catalina A24-64
ADF Serials - Catalina A24-64
CWGC - Herbert Cunningham Roberts
CWGC - Frank William Silvester
CWGC - Robert Carlisle Barbour
CWGC - James Henry Cox
CWGC - Raymond Harold Bradstreet
CWGC - James Robert Robinson
CWGC - David John Albert
CWGC - John Charles MacDonald
CWGC - Harold Stanley Goodchild
Thanks to Tony Gridley and Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
August 2, 2022

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