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  PBY Catalina Serial Number A24-20  
RAAF
20 Squadron

Captain  S/L Geoff E. Hemsworth, 260275 (POW, MIA / KIA) Collaroy, NSW
2nd Pilot  Sgt Jack R. Coulter, 407891 (MIA / KIA) Black Forest, NSW
Navigator  F/O Leo G. McClintock, 403782 (MIA / KIA) Manly, NSW
Engineer  Clp Colin Marsden, 21371 (MIA / KIA) Merewether, NSW
Asst Engineer  LAC Kenneth J. Arnott, 21070 (MIA / KIA) Mayfield, NSW
Radio  LAC Norman R. Banvill, 23549 (MIA / KIA) Maryborough, NSW
Asst Radio
 Sgt John "Jack" P. W. Bandy, 401021 (MIA / KIA) St. Kilda, VIC
Rigger  LAC Eric Dorman, 15453 (MIA / KIA)
Armor  LAC Erwin Brown, 33208 (MIA / KIA) Darlinghurst, NSW

Crashed  May 6, 1942


Pilot History
Hemsworth had flown a raid over Rabaul on the night of February 3-4 and his Catalina was heavily damaged—possibly by FPO/1C Hiroyoshi Nishizawa, who was flying a A5M4 Claude (a few of them teamed up with the searchlight crews) and claimed a Catalina that night. Hemsworth did an amazing job of getting the plane back to Port Moresby on one engine. The total event lasted more than 24 hours including a night landing off Salamaua.

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated. Constructors number 386. Assigned Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) serial number 9735. Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on March 10, 1942. On April 4, 1942 assigned to 20 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
Took off from Port Moresby Seaplane Base on a daylight reconnaissance mission and reported they spotted two Japanese destroyers, and were under attack by enemy aircraft. Shot down off Misima Island. The entire crew was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).

Fates of the Crew
Pilot Hemsworth was captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW). His ultimate fate is uknown, likely executed, died or otherwise dissapeared.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead on May 7, 1942. All are memorialized at the Port Moresby Memorial. Hemsworth, Bandy, McClintock and Coulter on panel 9. Arnott, Dorman, Brown and Banvill on panel 10. Marsden on panel 19.

Refrences
RAAFDB - Consolidated PBY Catalina A24-20
CWGC - Geoff Ellard Hemsworth
NAA - RAAF Service Record Hemsworth, G. E.

CWGC - Jack Ronald Coulter
CWGC - Leo Guy McClintock
CWGC - Colin Marsden
CWGC - Kenneth John Arnott
CWGC - Norman Robert Banvill
CWGC - John Percy William Bandy
CWGC - Eric Dorman
CWGC - Erwin Bruce Brown

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Last Updated
May 3, 2016

 

Technical InfoPBY

MIAPOW / MIA
1 Prisoner
9 Missing

Map
S 10 40
E 152 29

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