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  DB-7B Boston Mark III Serial Number A28-21  
22 Squadron

Pilot  P/O George Trevelyan Smith, 401793 (MIA / KIA) Toorak, VIC
Crew  Sgt Roderick Thomas Kerr, RAAF 401799 (MIA / KIA) Bendigo, VIC
Crew  Sgt Lance Dawes, RAAF 414541 (MIA / KIA) Bunleigh Heads, QLD

MIA  February 6, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas as DB-7B with Constructor's Number 3826. Intended for use by the Royal Air Force (RAF) with serial number AL894.

Wartime History
In April 1942 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to No. 22 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On February 6, 1943 took off from 5 Mile Drome (Wards) near Port Moresby on a mission against Salamaua. The aircraft was shot down into the sea off Salamaua.

The three crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. All three are commemorated on the Lae Memorial at Lae War Cemetery. Smith on panel 6. Kerr and Dawes on panel 7.

ADF Serials - Boston A28-21
CWGC - George Trevelyan Smith
CWGC - Roderick Thomas Kerr
CWGC - Lance Dawes
RAAFDB - Boston A28-21
RAAFDB - George Trevelyan Smith
RAAFDB - Roderick Thomas Kerr
RAAFDB - Lance Dawes
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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