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RAAF February 6, 1942
|Pilot Flight Sergeant Arthur Rodbourn, 407806 (survived) Adelaide, SA
Observer Sgt Alan E. Cole, 35725 (WIA)
Destroyed February 6, 1943
On August 5, 1942 while parked at Uranquinty Airfield, damaged by taxing Wirraway A20-542. Repaired by CAC by November 16, 1942 and returned to 5 SFTS by December 20, 1942. On January 8, 1943 assigned to 4 Squadron.
On February 6, 1943 took off from Berry Drome (12 Mile Drome) near Port Moresby piloted by Flight Sergeant Arthur Rodburn with observer Sgt Alan E. Cole on a reconnaissance and artillery observation mission and landed at Wau Airfield.
While parked at Wau Airfield, this aircraft was destroyed by a near miss from an exploding bomb dropped by Ki-48 Lily light bombers from the 45th Sentai escorted by Ki-43 Oscars from the 11th Sentai. Moments before the bombing, pilot Rodburn and observer Cole exited the aircraft and laid flat on the ground when the air raid was sounded. Cole was wounded by shrapnel in the left shoulder. As this aircraft burned, a photograph was taken of the wreckage that was included in the RAAF Official History. Officially, stricken on April 5, 1943.
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