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  CA-13 Boomerang Serial Number A46-109  
RAAF
4 Squadron

Pilot  F/Sgt Alan J. Salter, 414841 (MIA / KIA) Brisbane, QLD
MIA  November 26, 1943

Aircraft History
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructors Number 932.

Wartime History
During July 1943, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On November 26, 1943 assigned to 4 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On November 26, 1943 took off from Tsili-Tsili Airfield piloted by F/Sgt Alan John Salter with Boomerang A46-132 on a tactical reconnaissance mission of the Sanga River area near Finschafen. The Boomerangs were 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.

Searches
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.

Memorials
Salter was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Lae War Cemetery on the Lae Memorial, panel 7.

References
CWGC - Alan John Salter

ADF Serials - Boomerang A46-109
Thanks to Alistair Munro for additional details

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Info
Boomerang

MIA
MIA
1 Missing

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