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|Pilot F/Lt Neville Gerald Hemsworth, RAAF 260417 (survived)
Observer Sgt Albert Horace Rodd, RAAF 401835 (survived)
W/AG F/Sgt Robert Raymond Bamber, RAAF 403250 (WIA, survived)
W/AG F/Sgt Henry Raynor Stephens, RAAF 404304 (WIA, died December 27, 1942) Lilyfield, NSW
Passenger Pte Walter Barney, AIF QX22505 (MIA / KIA, BNR)
Passenger Pte Peter Bowen, AIF (survived)
Passenger Pfc Elbert H. Ross, 35251322 U. S. Army, 32nd Infantry Division (MIA / KIA, BNR) Logansport, IN
Passenger Unknown U.S. Army soldier (survived)
Crashed December 26, 1942
Reassembled and test flown by March 29, 1940. Assigned to 8 Squadron. On April 1, 1940 assigned to 6 Squadron. On July 1, 1940 assigned to 23 Squadron with code T on the fuselage. The serial number was painted on the lower side of the wings in white, rear fuselage in black and outer tail fins in black.
On January 25, 1942 assigned to 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On February 16, 1942 assigned to 1 Operational Training Unit (1 OTU), On September 16, 1942 assigned to 5 Air Depot (5 AD) for installation of a Boulton Paul turret then returned to 1 OTU on October 5, 1942.
This Hudson was one of twelve known as "1 OTU Detached Flight" that were flown from Bairnsdale Airfield to 5 Mile Drome (Ward Drone) at Port Moresby. On December 14, 1942 begins combat operations transporting supplies that were air dropped at Soputa and later landing supplies and troops to Dobodura.
At 11:00am took off from Dobodura No. 3 piloted by Hemsworth on a flight bound for 5 Mile Drome (Wards Drone). Almost immediately, this Hudson was intercepted by Ki-43 Oscars from the 11th Sentai (misidentified as A6M Zeros) and chased southward to Hariko. This Hudson was hit by gunfire and set on fire causing it to ditch into Oro Bay at roughly 11:10am. Aboard on stretchers, Pte Barney and one unknown American or Australian soldier were killed by gun fire and went down with the aircraft as it sank. Bamber and Stephens were also wounded by gunfire. Afterwards, this action was depicted in a drawing "Hudsons over Oro Bay" by Roy Hodgkinson.
Fates of the Crew
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