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|Pilot Flying Officer William Ernest Clarke, 277547 ANA civilian pilot (KIA, BR)
Co-Pilot W/O James Hillman Hornbrook, 432183, RAAF 4 Comm Unit (KIA, BR) Strathfield, NSW
Engineer F/Sgt Neville Tasman Browne, 436542, RAAF 4 Comm Unit (KIA, BR) Lawley, WA
Radio W/O Alfred Henry Gidley, 415975, RAAF 4 Comm Unit (KIA, BR) Wiluna, WA
Passenger Sgt Henry E. Doherty, USAAF 322nd TCW (KIA, BR) NY
Passenger Cpl Rudolph M. Kozen, USAAF 322nd TCW (KIA, BR)
Crashed May 5, 1945 at 5:18am
On December 6, 1942 acquired by Australian National Airways (ANA) with Australian call sign VH-CXD and leased to the U. S. Army. On January 14, 1944 assigned the designation C-49H serial number 44-83228 for administrative purposes for civilian airliners used by the U. S. Army as transports.
On March 17, 1945 operated by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Assigned to 33 Squadron.
On May 5, 1945 took off from Garbutt Field on a flight bound for Finschafen Airfield then onto Nadzab Airfield. In the predawn darkness while circling to land at Higgins Field (Bamaga), crashed into a hilltop at 5:18am and burned on impact, killing everyone aboard. Initially, the military authorities thought that there may have been a third American passenger who boarded the aircraft at Townsville, but this was later found to be incorrect.
On May 9, 1945 the two American passengers were buried at Ipswich Cemetery with funeral services by Chaplain North. Postwar, their remains were exhumed and transported to the United States for permanent burial.
Doherty was buried at Long Island National Cemetery at Plot J, 16404. Kozen's burial is unknown but presumed to be in a private cemetery in the United States.
At the crash site, a memorial plaque was erected near the wreckage tail to honor the crew.
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