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USAAF
5th AF
8th FG
36th FS

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September 10, 1942

Pilot  Captain James J. Bevlock, O-420568 (MIA / KIA) Scranton, PA
Passenger  Sgt Weiss (survived) Philadelphia, PA

Crashed  September 10, 1942
MACR  none

Pilot History
Bevlock was nickname "Hoot". Previously, on April 30, 1942 Bevlock survived the force landing of P-39F 41-7186. Bevlock earned the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC), Silver Star and Air Medal.

Aircraft History
Built by de Havilland. Constructor number DHA??? (last three digits unknown). Originally built for supply to South Africa or Southern Rhodesia under EATS program. This aircraft was not consigned following the start of the Pacific War and was instead held in storage in the Sydney.

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.

Mission History
On September 10, 1942 took off from Ross River Airfield near Townsville piloted by Captain James J. Bevlock to give Sgt Weiss a joy ride.

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.

Memorials
Bevlock was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James J. Bevlock
FindAGrave - Capt James J. Bevlock (photo, tablets of the missing)
Oz @ War - 10 September 1942 - Crash of a Tiger Moth in Halifax Harbor
Thanks to Peter Dunn for additional information.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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