circa October 1942
G. Silk Nov 26, 1942
|Pilot S/Ldr Kenneth Roy McDonald, 250430 (MIA / KIA) Ivanhoe, VIC
Crew Sgt Charles Roland Napier, 420247 (MIA / KIA) Leichhardt, NSW
Crew F/O Thomas Edward O'Neill, 407451 (MIA / KIA) Adelaide, SA
Crashed November 26, 1942
Built by Douglas. Assigned RAF serial number AL898. Allocated to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) to 18 Squadron and loaded on a ship as cargo for delivery to the Netherlands East Indies. In transit, it was instead diverted to the RAAF during March 1942. Assigned to 22 Squadron. Nicknamed "Retribution" with nose art of an eagle dropping a bomb.
On November 26, 1942 took off from Port Moresby on a bombing mission against the Buna area. Over the target area,
this A-20 exploded in mid-air when attempting to dive bomb. It is believed a fragmentation bomb exploded in the fuselage when it was released. On the ground, Australian combat photographer George Silk photographed this Boston after the explosion with the pieces falling to the ground.
During 1946 the burnt out wreckage was found in a clearing at the northwest end of Buna Airfield (Old Strip) and believed to be this aircraft. No human remains were located at the time.
Recovery of Remains
All three crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission and are listed as having "No Known Grave". All are memorialized at Bomana War Cemetery on panel 9.
CWGC - Kenneth Roy McDonald
CWGC - Charles Roland Napier
Thomas Edward O'Neill
ADF Serials - Boston A28-22
RAAFDB - Boston A28-22
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information
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May 22, 2017