James Keith Collier, 407114 (KIA, BR) Glenunga, SA
Crashed July 5, 1943
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructors number 911.
During May 1943, assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Boomerang A46-88. Assigned to 4 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On July 5, 1943 took off from Wau Airfield along with Boomerang A46-89 on a tactical recon mission over the Salamaua area. Due to cloud cover over the target area, they proceeded to Nassau Bay. Spotting barges there, this Boomerang dived to inspect them. The barges were U. S. and accidentally opened fired on this Boomerang, believing it was an enemy aircraft. Hit, this Boomerang banked and struck the water, skidded across the beach
and into undergrowth. This was the first Boomerang lost in combat operations.
Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of Collier were recovered.
Collier was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He was permanently buried at Lae War Cemetery at Q. C. 9.
CWGC - James Keith Collier
ADF Serials - Boomerang A46-88
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January 5, 2018