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  DB-7B Boston Mark III Serial Number A28-20  
RAAF
22 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt Herbert James Bullmore, 402045 (KIA, BR) Double Bay, NSW
Crew  Sgt John William McKay, 405492 (KIA, BR) Mt. Isa, QLD
Crew  Sgt Ian Cameron Stodart, 413801 (KIA, BR) Greenwich, NSW

Crashed  November 29, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 2750. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AL369. At the factory, painted in RAF markings and camouflage. No known U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) serial number was allocated.

This Boston was one of twenty-two Bostons from the RAF production that were instead allocated to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) and over painted with the markings of the Kon Marine (Dutch Navy). Disassembled and shipped overseas bound for the Netherlands East Indies. After the fall of Java while still in transit, diverted to Australia.

Wartime History
During March 1942, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as DB-7B Boston serial number A28-20. Assigned to 22 Squadron. Nicknamed "Retribution" with nose art of an eagle dropping a bomb.

Mission History
On November 29, 1942 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Ward) near Port Moresby on a bombing mission over Gona armed with fragmentation bombs. Over the target, exploded in mid-air over the Gona area, due to fragmentation bombs striking the fuselage. Following the loss of this aircraft, fragmentation bombs were withdrawn from use and such incidents ceased.

Recovery of Remains
During late 1942 or early 1943, the remains of the crew were recovered from the crash site. All three were permanently buried at Bomana War Cemetery. Bullmore at C6. A. 5. McKay at C6. A. 22 and Stodart at C5. F. 8.

Wreckage
Unknown aircraft wreckage at Gona is likely to be Boston A28-20.

References
Boston in service with Royal Australian Air Force
ADF Serials - Boston A28-20
CWGC - Herbert James Bullmore
CWGC - John William McKay
CWGC - Ian Cameron Stodart
RAAFDB - Douglas DB-7B Boston Mk. IIIA A28-20
RAAFDB - Herbert James Bullmore
RAAFDB - John William McKay
RAAFDB - Ian Cameron Stodart
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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