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|Pilot Captain James J. Bevlock, O-420568 (MIA / KIA) Scranton, PA
Passenger Sgt Weiss (survived) Philadelphia, PA
Crashed September 10, 1942
During June 1942, this aircraft was reverse lend lease to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) but were never allocated a USAAF serial number. This aircraft used the original three digit de Havilland construction number on their tail. Possibly, this aircraft was instead a de Havilland DH.60 Gypsy Moth.
During the flight, this aircraft went out of control and crashed into Halifax Bay near Townsville at roughly Lat 10° 53 min S, 146° 29 min E. Another source states the co-ordinates as 18° 53' S, 146° 29' E. Passenger Weiss parachuted to safety. Bevlock's was never found and was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
There Is some evidence that an unauthorized aircraft was in the area and may have collided with Bevlock's aircraft. Possibly, P-39 piloted by Lt. Grover Gholson might have accidentally collided with this Tiger Moth and caused it to go out of control and crash.
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