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|Pilot S/Ldr Clifford Sidney Bernard, 259 (MIA)
Observer F/O Leonard Herbert Ophel, 407129 (KIA)
Observer P/O Colin Gardner MacDonald, 411511 (KIA)
Crew F/Sgt George Robert Daws, 401288 (survived)
Crew Sgt William Henry Osborne, 411513 (survived)
MIA September 28, 1942
Beaufort A9-89 arrived in the vicinity of Mullins Harbor at dusk but on account of low cloud and rain, was unable to get into Milne Bay. The aircraft then climbed above the cloud and proceeded in the direction of Port Moresby. As he neared Port Moresby, S/Ldr Bernard turned towards land and could see what he believed were camp lights and continued westward along the coast.
The first indication that the aircraft was dangerously low was when Sgt
F/Sgt Daws and Sgt Osborne survived the crash were picked up by two
Post-war searches by F/Lt Coape-Smith of the RAAF Searcher Party returned an unidentified skull which was suggested to be that of either S/Ldr Bernard or F/O Ophel. It is unknown exactly what happened with this skull.
Sgt Osborne was killed in the crash of Avro Anson LT781 on September 11, 1944 and is buried at the Evans Head War Cemetery, NSW, Australia. F/Sgt Daws remained with the RAAF until November 1945 and was reportedly living in Morphetville, SA, Australia in 1987.
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