|Pilot F/O Leonard Douglas Hall, 415788 (KIA / BR)
Navigator F/O Ernest Edwin Turner, 415952 (KIA / BR)
Crashed June 16, 1944
Built by Bristol. RAF Serial Number T5338. Transported to Australia.
Assigned to the RAAF 1 AD on June 27, 1943. On May 29, 1943, this Beaufighter was flown to Gurney Airfield on a ferry flight for delivery to 30 Squadron. During the landing, the undercarriage was
damaged. Repaired by 10 RSU, then on September 11, 1943 assigned to 30 Squadron with code code LY-H. During June 1944, operated from Vivigani Airfield.
On June 16, 1944 took off from Tadji Airfield on a mission against Muschu
Island. Over the target, hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed.
Postwar, the remains of the crew were recovered.
Both crew were officially declared dead the day of the mission After the recovery of remains, both were buried at the Lae War Cemetery. Hall at DD. C. 10. Turner at DD. C. 9.
Pentland, pages 97, 116
Wilson, page 97
RAAFDB.com - Bristol Beaufort A19-120
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-120
CWGC - Leonard Douglas Hall
Ernest Edwin Turner
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January 5, 2018