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  Bristol Beaufighter Mark VIc Serial Number A19-74  
RAAF
30 Squadron

Pilot  F/Sgt William Nicholas Pax Cosgrove, 400140 (KIA) Elsternwick, VIC
Navigator  F/Sgt Bernard Albert Le Griffon, 3024 (MIA / KIA) Northcote, VIC

Crashed  August 11, 1943


Crew History
F/Sgt Cosgrove had played three games with Richmond in the Victorian Football League in 1940. He is the uncle of General Peter Cosgrove (retired Chief of the Australian Defence Force). A19-74 was only a temporary aircraft flown by F/Sgt Cosgrove and F/Sgt Le Griffon as their regular aircraft (Beaufighter A19-111) was undergoing minor repairs at the time.

Aircraft History
Built by Bristol in the UK and assigned RAF Serial Number T5201. Assigned to the RAAF on October 3, 1942 to 2 AP. Next to 1 AD on November 27, 1942. Then 12 RSU on December 13, 1942 and 30 Squadron on December 17, 1942 an entered combat.

On March 24, 1943, damaged by Japanese 14mm machine gun fire into the starboard engine nacelle mission and repaired by 15 ARD from March 27-April 10 then returned to 30 Squadron.

Wartime History
Took off from Vivigani Airfield and soon afterwards, crashed into the sea off Goodenough.

Wreckage
The badly broken up Beaufighter was later spotted lying on a reef in about a meter of water about 2 km offshore and F/Sgt Cosgrove's body was recovered. On September 15, converted to components by 26 RSU.

Memorials
Cosgrove is buried at the Bomana War Cemetery at A3. E. 2. The remains of F/Sgt Le Griffon were never recovered and he is listed at Bomana War Cemetery as having "No Known Grave" on panel 9.

References
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information
ADF Serials - Beaufighter A19-74

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May 22, 2017

 

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