|Pilot F/O John Cameron Lowe, RAAF 402662 (MIA / KIA) Scone, NSW
Observer Sgt Clive Albert Ashford, RAAF 3210 (MIA / KIA) Enfield, NSW
MIA January 20, 1942
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructor Number 179.
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Wirraway serial number A20-179. Assigned to 24 Squadron based at Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. No known nose art or nickname.
On January 20, 1942 took off from Vunakanau Airfield to intercept incoming Japanese aircraft. Shot down in flames.
Both crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are commemorated on the Rabaul Memorial at the Bitapaka (Bita Paka) War Cemetery. Lowe on panel 34. Ashford on panel 36.
CWGC - John Cameron Lowe
CWGC - Clive Albert Ashford
ADF Serials - Wirraway A20-179
RAAF DB - Wirraway A20-179
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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June 29, 2019