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  PBY Catalina Serial Number A24-11 Code J
RAAF
20 Squadron

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Marc Montocchio 2001

Pilot  Squadron Leader Thomas Henry Davies, 163 (KIA, BR) Waverley, NSW
2nd Pilot  Pilot Officer Russel Gentworth Hender, 406105 (MIA / KIA) North Perth, WA
1st Engineer  Cpl Harry Wilmot Hornby, 7118 (MIA / KIA) Merredin, WA
2nd Engineer  LAC Lesile Hoare, 20549 (MIA / KIA) Strathfield, NS W
1st Wireless  LAC Frederick Henry Anthony, 11085 (MIA / KIA) West Brunswick, VIC
2nd Wireless  LAC Brian Charles James Wilcox, 8137 (MIA / KIA) Exeter, SA
Armorer  LAC John Henry Marks, 33898 (KIA, BR) Fassifern, NSW
Rigger  LAC Charles Ogilvie, 32081 (MIA / KIA) Edgecliff, NSW

Crashed  January 15, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Constructors Number 279. U. S. Navy Bureau Number 08436 (unconfirmed). On September 9, 1941 delivered to Qantas and registered VH-AFL.

Wartime History
On October 26, 1941 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to 11 Squadron with tail code J. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On January 15, 1942 took off from Rabaul and landed at Kavieng Harbor off Kavieng to refuel prior to a bombing mission planned against the Japanese at Truk Lagoon. After refueling near Nusu Island, this Catalina took off with Catlaina A24-13. While taking off, the wing bombs on this Catlina exploded when hit by a swell. The explosion killed the entire crew and causing the flying boat to immediately sink in deep water killing the entire crew. Afterwards, pilot Davies was mentioned in dispatches.

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Above, Catalina A24-13 piloted by Lt. Hutchinson, a pilot on loan from the U. S. Navy, witnessed the accident and immediately landed nearby and attempted to rescue any survivors. However, the aircraft sank in deep water and no survivors were found.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Buried at Bita Paka War Cemetery (Rabaul) are Davies at B. C. 8 and Marks B. C. 9 (date of death listed as January 15, 1942).

The other crew were listed as missing. Memorialized on the Rabaul memorial at Bita Paka War Cemetery (Rabaul) are Hender on panel 34. Hornby, Wilcox and Hoare on panel 36. Memorialized on the Lae memorial at Lae War Cemetery is Anthony on panel 7.

Wreckage
During 2000, the wreckage of this aircraft was rediscovered by Rod Pearce. The engines and pieces of aircraft remain on the bottom in situ.

References
ADF Serials - Catalina A24-11
CWGC - Thomas Henry Davies

CWGC - Russell Glentworth Hender
CWGC - Henry Wilmot Hornby
CWGC - Leslie Thomas Hoare

CWGC - Frederick Henry Anthony

CWGC - Brian Charles James Wilcox
CWGC - John Henry Marks
CWGC - Charles Ogilvie
Thanks to Rod Pearce and Daniel Leahy for additional information.

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

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