|Pilot WGCDR Clarence Parsons Glasscock,
Navigator FLGOFF R. A. Kelly (survived)
Crew WGCDR Jervis Huon Glasscock, 135 (survived)
Ditched August 16, 1943
Clarence Glasscock was
the C.O. of 30 Squadron, he earned the DFC was later killed piloting Beaufighter A19-133 on
September 19, 1943.
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.
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
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
to Rodney Pearce, Don Fetterly and Daniel Leahy for
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January 5, 2018