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|Pilot F/Lt Eric Clarence Beer, RAAF 253615 (MIA / KIA) Boort, Victoria
Crew F/Lt John Francis Mulcahy, RAAF 403946 (MIA / KIA) Marrickville, NSW
Crew F/Sgt Francis Xavier Sullivan, RAAF 449405 (MIA / KIA) Coburg, VIC
Passenger Sgt Keith Hugh Devenish, RAAF 17286 (MIA / KIA) South Perth, WA
Passenger AC1 Albert John Haslam, RAAF 159583 (MIA / KIA) Richmond. VIC
Passenger Cpl Neil Stuart Mackay, RAAF 139076 (MIA / KIA) Grange, QLD
Passenger LAC William Douglas Goldie Stevens, RAAF 418569 (MIA / KIA) Ascot Vale, VIC
Passenger Cpl Michael Francis Moran, RAAF 118118 (MIA / KIA) Geelong, VIC
Passenger Sgt Wesley Greg Doran, RAAF 50353 (MIA / KIA) Hampton, VIC
Passenger F/O William Patrick Reedman, RAAF 435578 (MIA / KIA) Rockhampton, QLD
Passenger F/Sgt James Neville Davis, RAAF 433345 (MIA / KIA) Nambucca Heads, NSW
Passenger F/Sgt Kevin Francis Rutherford, RAAF 433825 (MIA / KIA) Haberfield, NSW
Passenger F/Lt William John Gordon, RAAF 419569 (MIA / KIA) Gawler, SA
Passenger Cpl Eastall Lochlan Eastall, RAAF 88705 (MIA / KIA) Launceston, Tasmania
Passenger LAC Albert Grant Walton, RAAF 151902 (MIA / KIA) Kelvin Grove, QLD
Passenger LAC Percy Badon Healy, RAAF 162787 (MIA / KIA) Orange, NSW
Passenger Cook Gordon Liddell, RAN 5058 (MIA / KIA) Rockhampton, QLD
Passenger Lt Noel Thomas Williams, AIF QX46941 ANGAU (MIA / KIA) Atherton, QLD
Passenger Spr Keith Smith, AIF VX65318 (MIA / KIA) Clifton Hill, QLD
Crashed September 11, 1945
Four of the passengers were the crew of a 6 Squadron Beaufort (FSgt Davis, FSgt Kevin Rutherford, F/O Reedman and F/O Gordon). Also aboard was a RAAF entertainment group including violinist Cpl Mackay and cellist AC1 Haslam and piano player Sgt Devenish. ANGAU officer Lt. Williams, a former Commonwealth Bank employee from Cairns was carrying a payroll of £2000 ($500,000 AU$ today) in paper currency to pay native labour.
Minutes after taking off, the plane was engulfed by a tropical downpour. At 10:21, the pilot radioed to the tower he was returning and asked to be "homed". That was the last anyone ever heard of the aircraft. Weather closed in around strip and aircraft apparently crashed into sea. When this Dakota failed to arrive it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
The next day, a village constable from Wagga Wagga traveling by canoe found two life jackets, cushions and oil floating on the surface of the water at Milne Bay.
Additional searches were made by dragging an anchor on the bottom to snag any wreckage and even dynamite exploded in hopes of dislodging more wreckage. But, no additional wreckage was found.
The wreckage includes the wings, engines, undercarriage and tail section. The divers recovered one of the propellers, tail wheel tire, cockpit control quadrant and cables. No remains were observed during the initial dives, nor a positive identification of the aircraft from a dataplate or serial number stencil.
During early 2012, the aircraft was reported by Rod Pearce to the RAAF Searcher Team at Canberra as a potential MIA site.
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