|Pilot FLTLT Roy Herbert Woollacott, 407144 (MIA / KIA) Prospect, SA
Navigator FSGT James Albert Sugg, 416085 (MIA / KIA) Clarence Gardens, SA
WAG FSGT William Theodore Pedler, 416608 (MIA / KIA) Koolunga, SA
WAG FSGT Harley Joseph Williams, 408311 (MIA / KIA) Launceston, Tasmania
MIA September 5, 1943
Built by the Australian Department of Aircraft Production (DAP).
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 100 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On September 5, 1943 one of ten Beauforts that took off from Gurney Airfield on a bombing mission against Gasmata Airfield. Over the target, attacked by enemy fighters, none of the crew were observed to bail out. Also lost was Beaufort A9-186. Other aircraft reported flames and black smoke column 7-8 miles north of the target indicating a crash. Another crash was reportedly south of the center of the airfield.
According to the RAAF Searcher Brief, the aircraft crashed into the sea approximately 500 yards
south west of the Gasmata Airfield.
The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. All are memorialized on at Bita Paka Cemetery on the Rabaul Memorial. Wollacott on panel 34. Sugg and Pedler on panel 35.
Williams on panel 36.
Roger Cox (nephew of FSGT Pedler)
ADF Serials - Beaufort A9-374
A Nation Grew Wings states Woollacott's
aircraft was hit over the target, burst into flames, yet he kept on with his run and straddled his bombs across
the runway, a few seconds later the aircraft crashed into the ground.
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May 22, 2017