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|Pilot Lt. Edward G. Gammon, Jr. (survived)
Co-Pilot Sgt Henry Douglas Dargie, O51840 RAAF (survived) Wellington Mills, WA
Force Landed November 2, 1942
On June 16, 1942 took off from 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby piloted by Gammon as one of ten B-26 on a bombing mission against Lae. Over the target, intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai. Gunners aboard this bomber claimed one Zero shot down. This was the bomber's first combat mission.
On August 17, 1942 one of ten B-26 Marauders parked at 7 Mile Drome near Port Moresby fully fueled and armed with 500 pound bombs. On the ground, there was no advanced warning of a Japanese air raid against 7 Mile Drome by G4M1 Betty bombers from the 4th Kokutai and Misawa Kokutai escorted by A6M2 Zeros from the Tainan Kokutai. Attempting to take off to avoid being hit on the ground, this B-26 took off piloted by Lt. Gammon with co-pilot Sgt Henry Douglas Dargie (RAAF), navigator Lt. R. B. Linsley plus Bauman, Malone and radio operator SSgt Hubert Newell, Jr. Also, B-26 "Wabash Cannonball" 40-1499 managed to take off as the Japanese bombs began exploding hitting this bomber was shrapnel that damaged the left propeller and caused oil leak, knocked out the radio and wounded Newell with shrapnel. Flying at low altitude to avoid being intercepted and overflew 12 Mile Drome. While landing after the raid, the right tire failed and caused this B-26 to swerve but was still able to land safely. Inspected on the ground, 193 holes were caused by shrapnel. Afterwards, repaired at Garbutt Field at Townsville.
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