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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-374  
RAAF
100 Squadron

Pilot  FLTLT Roy Herbert Woollacott, 407144 (MIA / KIA) Prospect, SA
Navigator  FSGT James Albert Sugg, 416085 (MIA / KIA) Clarence Gardens, SA
WAG  FSGT William Theodore Pedler, 416608 (MIA / KIA) Koolunga, SA
WAG  FSGT Harley Joseph Williams, 408311 (MIA / KIA) Launceston, Tasmania

MIA  September 5, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by the Australian Department of Aircraft Production (DAP).

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 5, 1943 one of ten Beauforts that took off from Gurney Airfield on a bombing mission against Gasmata Airfield. Over the target, attacked by enemy fighters, none of the crew were observed to bail out. Also lost was Beaufort A9-186. Other aircraft reported flames and black smoke column 7-8 miles north of the target indicating a crash. Another crash was reportedly south of the center of the airfield.

Wreckage
According to the RAAF Searcher Brief, the aircraft crashed into the sea approximately 500 yards south west of the Gasmata Airfield

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on at Bita Paka Cemetery on the Rabaul Memorial. Wollacott on panel 34. Sugg and Pedler on panel 35. Williams on panel 36.

Relatives
Roger Cox (nephew of FSGT Pedler)

References
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-374
A Nation Grew Wings states Woollacott's aircraft was hit over the target, burst into flames, yet he kept on with his run and straddled his bombs across the runway, a few seconds later the aircraft crashed into the ground.

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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