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  Vultee Vengeance Mark IIA Serial Number A27-235 Code NH-R
12 Squadron

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Michael Hughes 20001
Pilot  Ft/Lt Allister John Bond, O34732 / 403899 (survived) Ballarat, VIC
Navigator  Ft/Lt Dennis S. Holmes, 1457 (survived) Richmond, TAS

Ditched  August 4, 1943 at 12:50pm

Aircraft History
Built by Vultee in Los Angeles. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AN561. Dissembled and shipped to the United States then shipped to Australia.

Wartime History
On April 24, 1943 Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Vengeance serial number A27-235. and reassembled by 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On July 26, 1943 assigned to 12 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. Tail code NH-R.

Wartime History
On August 4, 1943 one of three Vengeance that took off on a submarine patrol. During the flight, this aircraft experienced a fuel line failure, causing it to ditch on Ruby Reef roughly 35 miles southeast of Cooktown. The crew landed unhurt.

The crew were rescued three hours later by a PBY Catalina.

This aircraft is located on Ruby Reef in about 2 meters of water. It is very exposed to the elements & has suffered damage from both the elements & souvenir hunters. The tail of the aircraft has been broken off by the weather & is rumored to be in the lagoon behind the wreck in about 20 m of water. The front of the fuselage including the engine & wing sections are slowly being engulfed by the coral. The pictures I have attached are both taken from the front of the aircraft & you can see how much has been encased in the coral.

WW2 Nominal Roll - Allister John Bond
WW2 Nominal Roll - Dennis Scott Holmes
ADF Serials - Vengeance A27-235
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
February 18, 2020


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