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  A-20C-5-DO Boston Serial Number A28-27  
RAAF
22 Squadron

Pilot  W/C James Gibson Emerton, 250283 C. O. 22 Squadron (KIA, BR) Camberwell, VIC
Gunner  P/O Terance John Gawne, 408648 (KIA, BR) Melbourne, VIC

Crashed  January 30, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Assigned to the U. S. Army as A-20C-5-DO Havoc serial number 42-33134. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia arriving in September 1943.

Wartime History
During October 1943, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Boston A28-27. Assigned to 22 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On January 30, 1944 took off on a mission against Lindenhafen. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire and shot down over Cape Dampier.

Memorials
Both crew were recovered postwar and buried at Bita Paka War Cemetery. Emerton at D. B. 10. Gawne at D. B. 11.

References
Boston in service with Royal Australian Air Force
ADF Serials - Boston A28-27
AWM P06298.002 "Airman Shot Down"
CWGC - James Gibson Emerton
CWGC - Terance John Gawne

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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