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  Lockheed Hudson Mark IIIa Serial Number A16-191  
RAAF
32 Squadron

Pilot  Sgt Maurice Wilfred Cooper, 416146 (MIA / KIA) Albert Park, SA
Co-Pilot
 Sgt James Alexander Herman, 407713 (MIA / KIA) Woodville, SA
W/AG
 Sgt Herbert Thomas Gillam, 401689 (MIA / KIA) Hampton , VIC
Gunner
 P/O John Leslie Manton Jewell, 406656 (MIA / KIA)

Crashed  May 24, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed as an RA-29. Constructor Number 6356. Assigned U. S. Army serial number 41-23539. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial numbers BW677. Shipped overseas as part of defense aid consignment.

Wartime History
On April 5, 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Hudson A16-191, On April 19, 1942 assigned to 2 Air Depot (2 AD) at Richmond. On April 25, 1942 assigned to 6 Squadron at Garbutt Field. On May 11, 1942 assigned to 32 Squadron.

Mission History
On May 24, 1942 took off form Rockhampton Airfield with Hudson A16-194 on a flight bound for Garbutt Field near Townsville. During the flight at 2,000', collided with Hudson A16-194 over Giru, Queensland. Damaged, this aircraft crashed into a mangrove swamp and caught fire causing two 100 pound bombs aboard to explode. The entire crew was killed in the crash. This Hudson was stricken from charge on July 31, 1942.

Wreckage
The wreckage of this Hudson is located in dense mangroves, and reports of human remains being buried near the wreck. All crew members are currently listed on the Sydney Memorial as having "No Known Grave". Cooper, Gillam and Herman on panel 6. Jewell on panel 5.

References
CWGC - Maurice Wilfred Cooper
CWGC - James Alexander Herman
CWGC - Herbert Thomas Gillam
CWGC - John Leslie Manton Jewell
ADF Serials - Hudson A16-191
RAAFDB - Hudson A16-191
ABC Radio International "Lost planes, lost men" by Ian Townsend
Townsville Bulletin "World War II plane crash sites remain unprotected" March 15, 2014

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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