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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIc Serial Number A19-130  
30 Squadron

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Don Fetterly 2001

Pilot  WGCDR Clarence Parsons Glasscock, 260092 (survived)
Navigator  FLGOFF R. A. Kelly (survived)
Crew  WGCDR Jervis Huon Glasscock, 135 (survived)

Ditched  August 16, 1943

Crew History
Clarence Glasscock was the C.O. of 30 Squadron, he earned the DFC was later killed piloting Beaufighter A19-133 on September 19, 1943.

Aircraft History
Built by Bristol. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled. Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 30 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 16, 1943 took off from Vivigani Airfield at at 9:20 on a check-out flight to test fuel consumption and orientation. Experienced a starboard engine failure at 1,200', while crossing the west coast of Fergusson Island. Not being able to maintain height with a full war load, it was decided to ditch into Hughes Bay. After flying inland for a short period of time, they crossed the north coast of the Island at low altitude and prepared for a water landing. The forward escape hatch was jettisoned at 100' above the Bunai River mouth and power taken off 20' above the sea on a down wind water landing.

Fates of the Crew
All three crew members survived the ditching unhurt. The aircraft sank in about ten seconds. Their life raft dingy inflated automatically, but was punctured by the tail as the aircraft nosed over before plummeting to the bottom. The raft was abandoned forcing the crew to swim to shore.

During July 2000, this aircraft was located by Rod Pearce and Don Fetterly using side scan sonar at a depth of 204' on a flat sandy bottom. The wreckage is located off the north coast of Fergusson Island roughly 667m offshore.

ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-130
Thanks to Rodney Pearce, Don Fetterly and Daniel Leahy for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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