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USAAF
Former Assignments
NEIAF

Pilot  2nd Lt. Henry Orous Null, Jr., USAAF O-425137 (KIA / BR) CA
Crashed  July 1, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Brewster as a model B.339-23. Serial number unknown. Assigned to the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF). In Australia, transferred to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF).

Mission History
On July 1, 1942 took off from Laverton Field piloted by 2nd Lt. Henry Orous Null, Jr, of the 4th Air Depot Group on a flight bound for Waga Waga Airfield. This Buffalo crashed into Mount Stanley in Victoria.

Recovery of Remains
Three days after the crash, the pilot's body was recovered. He was initially buried at the Springvale Cemetery, Melbourne, on July 4, 1942 before being re-interred at Rookwood in Sydney. Postwar, transported to Oahu for permanent burial.

Memorials
Null was officially declared dead the day of the crash. He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) at plot D, row O, grave 46.

Relatives
Robert R. Null (brother) was killed as the navigator aboard B-24D Liberator 41-24077 on April 16, 1943.

Display
A section of this aircraft was recovered from the crash site and displayed at a museum in the nearby town of Beechworth in about 2002.

References
Australia @ War - Crash of a Brewster Buffalo on Mount Stanley in Victoria
FindAGrave - Lieut Henry Orous Null, Jr (grave photo)
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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