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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark Ic Serial Number A19-12  
RAAF
30 Squadron

Pilot  P/O Langusch D. Langusch, 405744 (KIA) Maryborough, QLD
Navigator  Sgt Norman E. Greasley, 205761 (KIA) Ascot Vale, VIC
Crashed  August 5, 1942


Aircraft History
Built by Bristol. Assigned to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as serial number T4931. Instead, disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
In April 1942 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter serial number A19-12. Reassembled by No. 2 Aircraft Depot (2 AD) at Bankstown Airfield. During June 1942 assigned to No. 30 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 5, 1942 took off from Richmond Airfield piloted by P/O Langusch D. Langusch on a flight bound for Laverton Airfield. After a short stop-over at Benalla in Victoria, this Beaufighter went missing.

Search
When this Beaufighter failed to arrive it was reported as missing and a search was initiated.

Wreckage
On April 8, 1942 the crash site was found spread over a wide area near the peak of Mount Disappointment. Both of the crew were found killed in the crash. Any usable components were recovered to No. 1 Aircraft Depot (1 AD).

Wreckage
As the crash site is located near a road in the area, there are no longer any visible signs of aircraft remains, though it is still clear that the crash took place. Burnt and cut trees are still visible, and vegetation has not regrown where oil had been split.

Memorial
Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, both crew were buried at Springvale Botanical Cemetery in Victoria. Langusch at 1.P.C.6. Greasley at C. of E. Portion. Compt. D., section 7, grave 23.

References
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-12
CWGC - Langusch D. Langusch
CWGC - Norman E. Greasley

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Last Updated
October 18, 2018

 

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