|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
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.
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.
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.
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.
CWGC - Maurice Wilfred Cooper
CWGC - James Alexander Herman
CWGC - Herbert Thomas Gillam
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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