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|Pilot F/O Wilbur Lawrence Wackett (survived) Bellevue Hill, NSW
Crashed March 22, 1942
Over the target, intercepted by A6M2 Zeros from the 4th Kokutai. While dog fighting with enemy aircraft, Wackett's gun sight failed while making a beam attack and only one of his machine guns fired. As he broke off his attack and dove for clouds, his P-40 took hits to the engine. At 1,000' his engine seized, halfway between Lae and Salamaua over the sea and Wackett successfully bailed out. His P-40 quickly sank, and he swam ashore. Also lost was P-40E Kittyhawk A29-16.
Fate of the Pilot
Later, Wackett was assigned to 31 Squadron. On September 24, 1944 he went Missing In Action (MIA) piloting Beaufighter A19-208. He was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized at Adelaide River War Cemetery on the Northern Territory Memorial on panel 6.
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