Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
 
  DB-7B Boston Mark III Serial Number A28-21  
RAAF
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. Constructors Number 3826. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AL894. 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 Mark III serial number A28-21. Assigned to No. 22 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art. This aircraft flew at least 24 combat missions.

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. When this aircraft failed to return the entire crew was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Memorials
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.

References
Boston in service with Royal Australian Air Force
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

Contribute Information
Are you a relative or associated with any person mentioned?
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
Boston


MIA
3 Missing

  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
 
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Google Plus Instagram