|Pilot F/Lt Alexander Roy MacPherson, 402529 (KIA, BR) Gore, QLD
Observer F/Sgt Norman Robert Stanton, 435250 (KIA, BR) Smithfield, QLD
Crashed December 6, 1944
Built by Bristol in the United Kingdom (UK). Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number NE483. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia.
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufighter serial number A19-202. On April 9, 1944 reassembled by 2 Air Depot (2 AD). On July 30, 1944 assigned to No. 30 Squadron. Nicknamed "Wendy-Gwen II".
On December 6, 1944 took off on a water craft sweep in the Celebes, the aircraft was seen to dive sharply to attack motor transport on a coastal road near Cape Binta. The aircraft overshot the target and crashed into a hill directly behind the road and blazed fiercly. No sign of survivors by crew of accompanying aicraft.
The site was visited by RAAF Searcher Party and identified as A19-202. Remains of both crew members were recovered, yet individual identification was impossible.
Both crew were offiicially declared dead the day of the mission. Both were initially buried at Morotai before being reinterred together in Ambon War Cemetery at joint grave 33. A. 5-6.
CWGC - Alexander Roy MacPherson
CWGC - Norman Robert Stanton
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-36 states "crashed into sea 14 miles East of Cape Celebes"
RAAFDB - Beaufighter A19-36
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January 5, 2018