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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIc Serial Number A19-130  
RAAF
30 Squadron

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Don Fetterly 2001

Pilot  WGCDR Clarence Parsons Glasscock, 260092 (survived)
Navigator  FLGOFF R. A. Kelly (survived)
Crew  WGCDR Jervis Huon Glasscock, 135 (survived)

Crashed  August 16, 1943

Crew History
Clarence Glasscock was the C.O. of 30 Squadron, earned the DFC was later killed piloting Beaufighter A19-133 on September 19, 1943.

Aircraft History
A19-130 was a brand new Beaufighter belonged to 30 Squadron.

Mission History
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 crossing the 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.

Wreckage
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.

References
Thanks to Rodney Pearce, Don Fetterly and Daniel Leahy for additional information.
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January 1, 2014

 

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Beaufighter

SCUBA
60m

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