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  DB-7B Boston Mark III "J is for Jessica" Serial Number A28-8 Code DU-J
22 Squadron

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Douglas Lyon 1996

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Daniel Leahy 2000

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Peter Flahavin 2004
Pilot  FLGOFF Harry Rowell (survived)
Gunner  FSGT Douglas Lyon (survived)

Crashed  September 12, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 3839. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number AL907. 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) and assigned NEIAF serial number 240. 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 A28-8. Assigned to 22 Squadron. Nicknamed "J is for Jessica" with code DU-J.

The nose bombardier position was painted over and four fixed .303 machine guns installed inside the nose for strafing. Later, this Boston was one of two field modified with two .303 machine guns installed in the tail, the other was DB-7 Boston A28-9. This aircraft flew 56 combat missions before crashing.

Mission History
On September 12, 1943 took off from Vivigani Airfield on Goodenough Island on a mission against Gasmata on New Britain. Over the target, this aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire. Returning, this Boston force land at Vivigani Airfield. Both crew members survived unhurt. Afterwards, written off and converted to components and abandoned.

During his visit, Charles Darby noted the original paintwork including the Dutch NEIAF marking reading "Kon Marine" and three rows of bomb markings. The engines, outer wings, fin and rudder were all missing, likely removed during the war.

Until 1981, this aircraft remained in situ at Vivigani Airfield until salvaged by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as part of a salvage training exercise and shipped to Australia and transported to the RAAF Museum at Point Cook.

During 1983 to 1996, restored by the RAAF Museum at Point Cook to static condition.

The restored aircraft painted in the orginal markings is displayed at RAAF Museum at Point Cook.

Boston in service with Royal Australian Air Force
ADF Serials - Boston A28-8
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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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