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  C-47B-25-DK Dakota Serial Number KN344  
1315 Flight

Pilot  F/Lt Charles Raymond Kerferd Young, 425802 RAAF (KIA, BR) Toowong, QLD
Navigator  F/O Frederick Dunlop Rutledge, 426164 RAAF (KIA, BR) South Brisbane, QLD
Radio  W/O Kenneth Clement Bevan, 1140088 RAF (KIA, BR) Liverpool, UK

Crashed  July 2, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas. Constructors Number 15912/32660, Assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as C-47B-25-DK Skytrain serial number 44-76328.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as Dakota serial number KN344. Assigned to 1315 Flight. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 2, 1945 took off from Mascot Airfield near Sydney piloted by F/Lt Young aboard was freight for the Royal Navy. This Dakota was flying via Garbutt Field and Milne Bay bound for Momote Airfield on Los Negros Island. After take off from Garbutt Field, this aircraft became lost due to bad weather near Milne Bay. When it failed to arrive, this C-47 was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Postwar, the wreckage was found by a RAAF Searcher Team led by S/L Keith Rundle near Samarai Island. The remains of the crew were recovered.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, the three crew members were buried at Bomana War Cemetery. Young at B3. D. 16. Rutledge at B3. D. 17. Bevan at B3. D. 18.

USAF - Douglas C-47B-25-DK Skytrain 44-76328
"76328 (MSN 15912/32660) to RAF as Dakota IV KN344. Crashed at Samari, New Guinea Jul 2, 1945 (not sure if this is date of crash or date wreck was found)"
CWGC - Charles Raymond Kerferd Young
CWGC - Frederick Dunlop Rutledge
CWGC - Kenneth Clement Bevan

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018


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