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|Pilot F/L Wilfred Opawa Rutherford, 1299 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
Co-Pilot F/O Vivian Roberts Eady, 413828 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
Crew Sgt Lisle Gordon Smith, 412754 (MIA / KIA) Auckland, NZ
Crew Sgt William Clement Lankshear, 413262 (MIA / KIA) Wellington, NZ
Crew Sgt John Robert McDougall, 413765 (MIA / KIA) Southland, NZ
Crashed July 7, 1943
One of the American pilots later reported the Hudson had dropped about 12 flares over Tonolei Harbor at 7:45pm, as arranged, but nothing further was heard or seen of the aircraft. When this aircraft failed to return the crew was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA). This aircraft was officially written off on August 23, 1943 at Guadalcanal.
In fact, this Hudson was intercepted by a J1N1 Irving night fighter piloted by Shigetoshi Kudo on an evening patrol from Ballale Airfield. Firing at this Hudson from behind and above, the night fighter fired his two downward angled 20mm cannons. Damaged, the Hudson quickly caught fire and crashed over western Shortland Island. There were no survivors.
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