RAAF April 1941
|Pilot F/Lt John Christopher Ramshaw 552 (MIA / KIA) Belgrave Heights, VIC
Co-Pilot F/O Donald Alexander Dowie, 649 (POW, survived) Adelaide, SA
WAG Sgt Garet Sidney White, 407309 (MIA / KIA) Adelaide, SA
WAG Sgt Jeffrey Cyril Coldrey, 3382 (MIA / KIA) East Brighton, VIC
Crashed December 8, 1941
Built by Lockheed. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia as part of Defense Aid consignment.
On February 6, 1940 assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Hudson A16-19. On April 18, 1940 assigned to 1 Squadron. Assigned nose number 270 and fuselage code US-B. This Hudson operated from Sembawang Airfield and Kota Bharu Airfield in Maylaya. On April 26, 1940 collided with Hudson A16-20, causing damage to the perspex. Afterwards, repaired.
On December 6, 1941
this Hudson spotted the Japanese invasion force approaching northern Malaya. When lost, engine serial numbers 2266 and 2273.
On December 8, 1941 during the early morning hours this Hudsons took off from Kota Bharu Airfield the on a bombing mission against the Japanese landing force off Kota Bharu. Over the target, Hudson A16-94 was shot down. Returning to base, this Hudsons were refueled and re-armed for another mission.
Took off on a second sortie over the invasion force. Over the target, shot down and crashed into the sea roughly three miles from the coast. This Hudson became the first Australian aircraft lost in the Pacific War, and the aircrew were the first Australians killed in the Pacific. This Hudson was officially stricken on December 9, 1941.
Fates of the Crew
Dowie survived for two days in the sea aboard a small native boat. Taken prisoner by a Japanese patrol boat, he spent the duration of the war as a POW in Singapore. Dowie survived the war and was repatriated to Australia and discharged on January 11, 1946.
The rest of the crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission.
All are memorialized at the Singapore Memorial at Kranji War Cemetery. Ramshaw on column 411.
White and Coldrey on column 412. White on column 412.
In 1976, a Pratt and Whitney R-1839 SC3-G twin row radial engine from this wreck was recovered from the sea by fisherman Abdul Rahman Bin Win Harum. The next year, the second engine was recovered. Both engines were transported to Australia the next year and were acquired by the Australian War Memorial (AWM).
Both engines are on display at Australian War Memorial. The no. 1 one engine with bent propellers is on display as part of the Air Power in the Pacific 1941-1953 display in Aircraft Hall, the no. 2 engine is displayed in the Second World War Hall.
CWGC - John Christopher Ramshaw
CWGC - Garet Sidney White
CWGC - Jeffrey Cyril Coldrey
ADF Serials - Hudson A16-19
RAAFDB - Hudson A16-19
World War Two Nominal Roll - Donald Alexander Dowie
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information
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May 22, 2017
MIA / POW