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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-244  
RAAF
8 Squadron

Former Assignments
32 Squadron

Pilot   F/Lt Geoffrey Hubert Vincent, 400866 (POW, executed 1-14-44) East Melbourne, VIC
Navigator  W/O John Pretty Bailey, 4240 (POW, executed 11-25-43) Leederville, WA
W/AG  F/O Allan Mervyn Brown, 413955 (POW, survived) Rylstone, NSW
W/AG  F/O Charles William Vincent, 404757 (POW, executed 11-25-43, MIA) London, UK

Ditched  October 21, 1943 at 0402


Aircraft History
Assigned to 32 Squadron, and later assigned to 8 Squadron.

Mission History
One of nine Beauforts from 8 Squadron that took off from Vivigani Airfield on a torpedo attack on Japanese ships off the east coast of New Ireland. This Beaufort was flying with four other aircraft in "B" flight formation.

At approximately 04:00 hours the target was located and at 04:02 hours the formation attacked. Beaufort A9-244 remained with the formation up until the time of the attack but was not heard or seen after that. In fact, this Beaufort ditched and the entire crew was captured by the Japanese.

Fates of the Crew
The entire crew were transported to Rabaul and detained as prisoners of war at the Rabaul Naval prison camp.

On November 25, 1943 F/O Charles Vincent and W/O John Bailey were executed and buried in a mass grave on Matupi Island.

On January 14, 1944 a group of 17 prisoners were taken from the camp including F/Lt. Geoffrey Vincent were executed and buried in a mass grave on Matupi Island. During 1950, their bodies were found in a mass grave at Matupi Island and identified and recovered.

On February 17, 1944 F/O Brown was one of six Allied prisoners transported aboard a G4M1 Betty bomber from Rabaul to Truk, and then onward to Japan. He survived the war and was discharged from the RAAF in December 1945.

Memorials
The remains of W/O Bailey and F/Lt G H Vincent were located in a mass grave on Matupi Island during 1950. Both were buried at the Bita Paka War Cemetery. Geoffrey Hubert Vincent at H. C. 13 and Bailey at H. C. 7.

Charles William Vincent is listed on the Rabaul Memorial, panel 34 as having "No Known Grave".

References
Advocate "Murdered Servicemen's Bodies Found Near Rabaul" July 15, 1950
CWGC - Geoffrey Hubert Vincent
CWGC - John Bailey
CWGC - Charles William Vincent
World War Two Nominal Roll - Allan Mervyn Brown
Thanks to Daniel Leahy and David Forrester for additional information

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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Beaufort

POW / MIA
POW / MIA
4 Prisoner
1 Missing

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