|Pilot F/L Walter R. Vernon, 413455 (MIA / KIA) Vaucluse, NSW
Crashed January 11, 1945
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructors Number 1012.
During April 1944, delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as CA-13 Boomerang serial number A46-189. Assigned to 5 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On January 11, 1945 took off from Piva North Airfield on Bougainville piloted by P/O Moreland J. Oxley on a mission leading RNZAF Corsairs from 14 Squadron and 21 Squadron on a strike against enemy positions at Mawaraka. After this aircraft was observed to release a second smoke bomb, this Boomerang was observed to shudder and crash from an altitude of rouhgly 140' killing pilot Vernon. On impact, the aircraft caught fire.
Recovery of Remains
Afterwards, Vernon's remains were recovered and buried on Bougainville. Later, exhumed and transported to Bomana War Cemetery for permenant burial.
Vernon was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is buried at Bomana War Cemetery at A4. B. 24. Afterwards, Vernon Airfield (Vernon Strip) on Bougainville was named in his honor.
CWGC - Walter Ross Vernon
WW2 Nominal Roll - Walter Ross Vernon
ADF Serials - Boomerang A46-216
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February 4, 2018