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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Joseph Gibbons (survived)
Gunner Cpl Orville Rhodes (survived)
Force Landed April 16, 1944 'Black Sunday' at 5:00pm
Fate of the Crew
Australian soldiers attempted to reach the site from Musak, but encountered retreating Japanese. Instead, they were asked to clear a landing strip by burning a clearing in the nearby kunai grass. An L-4 piloted by Lockwood attempted to visit them, but met bad weather and returned in the afternoon to survey the strip.
Four days after the crash, on the morning of April 20, an L-5 piloted by T/Sgt Allen Lockwood landed at 15:30 on the crude strip, but was unable to take off until the following day due to the wet ground and rough strip evacuating Gibbons. The next day, Lockwood returned to rescue Rhodes.
During October 1984, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) attempted to recover the left engine, but lost its left when it was cut loose from the sling. During November 1985, the remainder of the aircraft was salvaged by the RAAF.
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