|Pilot F/O Hector Charles Munro, 10941 (MIA / KIA)
Crashed November 26, 1943
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) constructors number 955. Assigned to the RAAF during August 1943 to 1 AD. Allocated to both 83 and 84 Squadron, but in both cases the allocation was cancellled. On November 2, 1943 assigned to 4 Squadron.
On November 26, 1943 took off from Tsili-Tsili Airfield piloted by F/O Hector Charles Munro with Boomerang A46-109 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 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.
Munro was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Lae War Cemetery on the Lae Memorial, panel 6.
Alistair Munro (nephew)
CWGC - Hector Charles Munro
ADF Serials - Boomerang A46-132
Thanks to Alistair Munro for additional details
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January 5, 2018