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No. 457 Squadron
|Pilot P/O Anthony Thomas Ruskin-Rowe, 411389 (KIA) Double Bay, NSW
Crashed June 20, 1943
Together, the pair climbed to an altitude of 22,000' before making a firing pass against the enemy Ki-48 Lilys and "Zekes" roughly ten miles North of Cape Hotham. P/O Ruskin-Rowe was last seen on the port side of F/O Bisley, making an attack on the bombers. After taking evasive action from attacking A6M Zeros, F/O Bisley found he was alone. It is assumed that this aircraft was shot down making his attack.
Inside the wreckage, the remains of the pilot were found still strapped into the cockpit with head wounds suggesting he was hit by machine gun fire from one of the Ki-48 Lily bombers he was attacking. His remains were recovered, also his gun camera film. When developed his film showed that he probably destroyed the bomber he was attacking. Officially, this aircraft was written off on August 13, 1943 and converted to components.
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July 30, 2020
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