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  Vultee Vengeance Mark IIA Serial Number A27-208  
12 Squadron

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Bill Thomson 1979

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Jim Miles 2018
Pilot  Sgt John Edwin Sheehan, 412198 (survived)
Observer  Sgt K. C. Williams,
415001 (survived)
Force Landed  May 23, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Vultee in Los Angeles. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AN574. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia arriving on March 25, 1943.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as vengeance A27-208. Assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD) and reassembled. On May 4, 1943 assigned to 12 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On May 23, 1943 took off piloted by Sgt J. E. Sheehan on a training flight and suffered an electrical fire. This vengeance force landed on the beach off Dum In Mirrie Island off Port Patterson near Darwin. Both crew were unhurt in the crash and returned to duty.

The wreckage of this aircraft remains in situ.

World War Two Nominal Roll - John Edwin Sheehan
World War Two Nominal Roll - John Edwin Sheehan
ADF Serials - Vengeance A27-208
NT News "WWII plane wreck ‘rediscovered’ by divers" by Will Zwar June 19, 2018

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June 29, 2019


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