|Pilot F/L Eric Robert Staley, 401679 (KIA, BR) Natya, VIC
Crashed December 31, 1943
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) constructors number 957. Delivered to the RAAF in September 1943, and assigned RAAF Serial Number A46-134 and
received by No. 4 Squadron in New Guinea.
On December 31, 1943 took off on an artillery spotting mission in the Mount Kubari area. Observed to crash in the Shaggy Ridge area in the in Gevaria River Valley near Mt. Kubari.
The next day, the aircraft was located by members of B Troop, 2/6th Australian Cavalry Commando Squadron. They recovered Staley's body and buried him nearby. There was evidence that the Japanese had being to the crash site before them.
Staley was officially declared dead the day of the mission. Later, he was interred at the Lae War Cemetery at grave IB. D. 11.
In 1981, a Browning Mark II .303 calibre machine gun from the wreckage
of this aircraft and is now displayed in Aircraft Hall at the Australian
War Memorial (AWM).
CWGC - Eric Robert Staley
ADF Serials - Boomerang A46-134
Australian War Memorial Collection Database - Item REL24796
RAAFDB - Boomerang A46-134
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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January 5, 2018