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  C-47A-5-DK Dakota Serial Number A65-33  
RAAF
36 Squadron

Pilot  S/L Lewis Keith Jackson, 261723 (WIA, survived)
Navigator  P/O Donald Gordon Campbell, 418718 (WIA, died 2/17/45) Toorak, VIC

Crashed  February 16, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 12359. Assigned U. S. Army Air Force serial number 42-92546. Call Sign VH-CUE. Ferried overseas to Australia.

Wartime History
During February 1944 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Dakota A65-33. Assigned to 36 Squadron on February 18, 1944. Coded RE-F. No known nose art or nickname.

On May 16, 1944 piloted by F/Lt Glenwright while taking off from an unknown location, swung to the right side and struck a bank and was damaged. Afterwards, repaired and returned to 36 Squadron.

Mission History
On February 16, 1945 took off on a mission to air drop supplies to Australian Army commandos in the Aitape area. This C-47 got into a blind valley too low and crashed.

Fates of the Crew
The crew survived and were rescued by Australian forces. One member of the crew, navigator P/O Donald Gordon Campbell was wounded in the crash and died the next day from wounds he sustained.

Memorials
Campbell was declared dead on February 17, 1945 and was buried at Lae War Cemetery at N. C. 16.

References
NAA RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 36 Squadron Apr 42 - Feb 53 page 258
ADF Serials - Dakota A65-33 lists date of crash as 16/05/45 incorrectly
Note, other sources list the crash site as the Gulf of Tadji (sea off Tadji)
WWII Nominal Roll - L. K. Jackson
CWGC Donald Gordon Campbell

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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