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  Bristol Mark VIc Beaufighter Serial Number A19-118  
RAAF
31 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Barrie William Gillespie, 406842 (MIA / KIA) Beverley, WA
Navigator  F/O Alexander John Cameron, 1424 (MIA / KIA) Red Hill, QLD

Crashed  July 24, 1943


Mission History
Took off from Darwin for an attack on Taberfane Seaplane Base. This aircraft was last seen over the target area during the attack but was later found to be missing. Several of the other aircraft were also damaged by anti-aircraft fire.

Search
In 1946, RAAF Searcher Team led by F/Lt O'Shea reported:
"Native states that in Aug or Sept 43 Australian aircraft crashed in dense jungle SE of Taberfane - Japs searched for wreckage but could not find it. Possibly Beaufighter A19-60 or Beaufighter A19-118 - No definate news obtained for either of these aircraft."

Memorials
The crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are listed on the Ambon Memorial as having "No Known Grave" on column 8.

References
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-118

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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Beaufighter

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