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  DAP Beaufort Mark VIII Serial Number A9-244  
RAAF
8 Squadron

Former Assignments
32 Squadron

Pilot   F/Lt Geoffrey Hubert Vincent, 400866 (POW, executed 1-14-44) East Melbourne, VIC
Navigator  W/O John Pretty Bailey, 4240 (POW, executed 11-25-43) Leederville, WA
W/AG  F/O Allan Mervyn Brown, 413955 (POW, survived) Rylstone, NSW
W/AG  F/O Charles William Vincent, 404757 (POW, executed 11-25-43, MIA) London, UK

Ditched  October 21, 1943 at 4:02am


Aircraft History
Built by the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Beaufort Mark VIII serial number A9-244. Assigned to 32 Squadron. Later, assigned to 8 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On October 21, 1943 took off from Vivigani Airfield on Goodenough Island armed with an aerial torpedo as one of nine Beauforts on an attack against Japanese ships off the east coast of New Ireland. This Beaufort part of "B" flight of four.

At approximately 4:00am, the target was located and at 4:02am the formation attacked. Beaufort A9-244 remained with the formation until the time of the attack but was not heard or seen after that. In fact, this Beaufort ditched and the entire crew survived.

Fates of the Crew
After surviving the ditching, the entire entire crew was captured by the Japanese and became Prisoners Of War (POWs) and transported to Rabaul and detained by the Keibitai 81st Naval Guard Unit at the Japanese Navy POW Camp at Rabaul.

On November 25, 1943 F/O Vincent and W/O Bailey were executed and buried in a mass grave on Matupi Island.

On January 14, 1944 a group of 17 prisoners were taken from the camp including F/Lt. Geoffrey Vincent were executed and buried in a mass grave on Matupi Island. During 1950, their bodies were found in a mass grave at Matupi Island and identified and recovered.

On February 17, 1944 F/O Brown was one of six Allied prisoners transported aboard a G4M1 Betty bomber from Rabaul to Truk, and then onward to Japan. He survived the war and was discharged from the RAAF in December 1945.

Memorials
The remains of W/O Bailey and F/Lt G H Vincent were located in a mass grave on Matupi Island during 1950. Both were buried at the Bitapaka War Cemetery. Geoffrey Hubert Vincent at H. C. 13 and Bailey at H. C. 7.

Charles William Vincent is memoralized at Bitapaka War Cemetery on the Rabaul Memorial, panel 34.

References
Advocate "Murdered Servicemen's Bodies Found Near Rabaul" July 15, 1950
CWGC - Geoffrey Hubert Vincent
CWGC - John Bailey
CWGC - Charles William Vincent
World War Two Nominal Roll - Allan Mervyn Brown
Thanks to Daniel Leahy and David Forrester for additional information

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Last Updated
May 13, 2018

 

Tech Info
Beaufort

POW / MIA
POW / MIA
4 Prisoner
1 Missing

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