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|Pilot S/Ldr John Leonard Scott, 290602 (POW, executed, BR) Lawley, WA
Crew F/Sgt Robert Ian Maxwell King, 427122 (POW, executed, recovered) South Perth, WA
Crew F/Sgt Bruce Erskdale Wallace, 410763 (POW, executed, recovered) Bendigo, VIC
Crew F/Sgt Keith Charles Wright, 434064 (POW, executed, recovered) Kangaroo Point, QLD
Crew P/O Donald Cosmo Beddoe, 401731 (POW, executed May 24, 1944 MIA) Brunswick, Victoria
Crashed March 27, 1944
On January 17, 1943 damaged during Japanese air raid. Afterwards, repaired by 12 Repair Salvage Unit (12 RSU) on February 1, 1943. Then to 5 Air Depot (5 AD) on February 3, 1943 and returned to 6 Squadron on March 15, 1943. Next, to 3 Air Depot (3 AD) on April 6 then to 2 Squadron on April 12. Nicknamed "Jake".
On April 21, 1943 took off on an armed reconnaissance mission over Dobo. The crew included F/O R R James, 406811, Sgt R. D. Ryan, 404989, Sgt K. G. Keech, 8968, F/O McCullough and Sgt P. S. Reen, 412185. During the mission, turret gunner F/O McCullough was wounded by a single .30 caliber bullet. Afterwards, this Hudson landed at Coomalie Creek Airfield.
On April 24, 1943 took off on a mission with the same crew: The crew included F/O R R James, 406811, Sgt R. D. Ryan, 404989, Sgt K. G. Keech, 8968 and Sgt P. S. Reen, 412185. During the mission, hit by machine gun fire in the right engine no. 2 cylinder. Loosing altitude, the crew jettison guns and ammunition on the flight back to Darwin. When throwing away one of the Vicker K guns, it accidentally fired hitting the right airscrew putting it into fine pitch.
On June 9, 1943 assigned to 4 Repair Salvage Unit (4 RSU) then returned to 2 Squadron on June 22, 1943. On September 6, 1943 back to 4 RSU and returned to 2 Squadron on September 26, 1943. Back to 4 RSU on November 29, 1943. On December 23, 1943 returned to 2 Squadron. Again assigned to 4 RSU on February 7, 1944 and back to 2 Squadron on March 19, 1944.
Fates of the Crew
On May 24, 1944 while being transported aboard a Japanese barge Beddoe attempted to wave to a B-25 Mitchell from the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) from 18 Squadron. Spotted by the Japanese, Beddoe was shot by one of the guards. Likely, his body was thrown overboard.
The four other crew members were transported to Tantoei POW Camp on Ambon and became Prisoners Of War (POW).
On August 18, 1944 all taken to Galala Crematory were the crew were executed by order of 1st Sub Lt. Katayama, HQ 4 South Dispatched Fleet from the Imperial Japanese Navy. Lt. Katayama personally executed Scott. 2nd Sub Lt Toyoji Takahashi executed F/Sgt Wallace. 2nd Sub Lt Takashi Nishida and Petty Officer Yoshizaki executed F/Sgt K Wright and F/Sgt R King. Afterwards, they were buried on Ambon.
Recovery of Remains
War Crimes Trial
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