|Pilot F/Sgt Alan John Salter, 414841 (MIA / KIA) Brisbane, QLD
MIA November 26, 1943
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) constructors number 932. Delivered to the RAAF during July 1943 to 1 AD. Assigned to 4 Squadron on November 26, 1943.
This aircraft and Boomerang A46-132 took off from Tsili-Tsili Airfield on a tactical reconnaissance mission of the Sanga River area, near Finschafen. Escorted by four Airacobras from the 41st Fighter Squadron
The formation was attacked by seven enemy fighters and both Boomerangs were last seen by the fighter escort being engaged by seven Japanese fighters near the mouth of the Sanga River. Both failed to return.
In 1946, RAAF Searcher Team lead by S/L Keith Rundle incorrectly believed the location of these losses was the Musa River or Songade River and makes reference to another river called Banga which is north of Finschhafen and this confusion has obviously led to the failure to locate the aircraft.
During 1948 another RAAF team searched the Sanga River area for the two lost Boomerangs. No trace of either the pilot or aircraft was found.
Salter was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is listed as missing at the Lae War Memorial on Panel 7.
Thanks to Alistair Munro for additional details
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May 22, 2017