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  DAP Beaufort Mark VII Serial Number A9-204  
RAAF
100 Squadron

Pilot  F/O Thomas Hessey Allanson, 415106 (MIA / KIA) Como, WA
Observer
 F/O Mervyn Noel Keehn, 405193 (MIA / KIA) North Ipswich, QLD
WAG  FLTSGT Denis Hamlin Webb, 405458 (MIA / KIA) Dalby, QLD
WAG  FLTSGT Keith Grieve, 405850 (MIA / KIA) Randwick, NSW

Crashed  September 4, 1943


Aircraft History
Built by DAP in Australia.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 4, 1943 took off on a bombing mission against Gasmata Airfield. Over the target, shot down by anti-aircraft fire in the target vicinity. When this aircraft failed to return it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). Officially written off on September 9, 1943.

Wreckage
During April 1946, this Beaufort was located by a RAAF Searcher Team led by S/L Keith Rundle. The remains of the crew were located and recovered.

Memorials
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on the Rabaul Memorial at Bita Paka Cemetery. Allanson and Keehn panel 34. Grieve and Webb on panel 35.

References
CWGC - Thomas Hessey Allanson
CWGC - Mervyn Noel Keehn
CWGC - Denis Hamlin Webb
CWGC - Keith Grieve
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-204
RAAFDB - Beaufort A9-204

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017

 

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