|Pilot WGCDR Clarence Parsons Glasscock,
Navigator FLGOFF R. A. Kelly (survived)
Crew WGCDR Jervis Huon Glasscock, 135 (survived)
Crashed August 16, 1943
Clarence Glasscock was
the C.O. of 30 Squadron, earned the DFC was later killed piloting Beaufighter A19-133 on
September 19, 1943.
A19-130 was a brand new Beaufighter
belonged to 30 Squadron.
Took off at 0920 Vivigani Airfield on a check-out flight to test fuel consumption and orientation. Experienced a starboard engine failure at 1,200' , while
west coast of Fergusson Island. Not being able to maintain
height with a full war load, it was decided to ditch in near by Hughes
Bay. After flying inland for a short period of time, they crossed the
north coast of the Island at low altitude and prepared for a water
landing. The forward escape hatch was jettisoned at 100' above the
Bunai River mouth and power taken off 20' above the sea on a down
wind water landing.
No injuries were sustained and the aircraft sank
in about 10 seconds. The dingy inflated automatically, but was punctured
by the tail plane as the aircraft nosed over before plummeting to the
bottom. The raft was abandoned forcing the crew to swim to shore.
Located by Rod Pearce and Don Fetterly with side scan sonar during July 2000 in 204' off the north coast of Fergusson Island, 667m from shore.
to Rodney Pearce, Don Fetterly and Daniel Leahy for
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-130
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July 24, 2015