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|Pilot S/Ldr John Evelyn Todd, 271707 (POW, died 7-22-44) Dalby, QLD
2nd Pilot F/Lt Brian Paul Stacy, 406446 (POW, survived) Perth, WA
3rd Pilot F/O Ian Douglas Vaughan Ralfe, 405501 (survived) Longreach, QLD
Navigator F/O Frank Ronald Pocknee, 401663 (POW, executed 3-5-44) Burramine South, VIC
W/AG P/O Allan Bernard Liedl, 426624 (survived) LIsmore, NSW
W/AG F/Sgt Henry Laurence Murphy, 412621 (POW, executed 3-5-44) Liverpool, NSW
Engineer Sgt Fred Woolley, 43098 (POW, executed 3-5-44) Chermside, QLD
Engineer Sgt Ernest Hubert Kraehe, 27791 (POW, executed 3-5-44) Unley, SA
Fitter LAC (A/Sgt) Richard Murray Howard, 47149 (escaped) Mt, Gambier, SA
Armourer LAC (A/Sgt) Harold Francis Jones, 71534 (escaped) Scone, NSW
Crashed February 7, 1944
Over Panapai Airfield but did not drop any bombs and received light anti-aircraft fire. During a second bomb run, dropped two 250 lbs bombs and numerous incendiaries and photographs taken, and heavy anti-aircraft fire was received but not accurate. Ships in Kavieng Harbor opened fire with intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire aimed at this Catalina. Over Kavieng Airfield, made a third bomb run dropping two 500 lbs bombs and photographs were taken. The flying boat received intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire that required evasive maneuvers.
approximately 2350 hours on an mission to attack Kavieng. A parachute flare inside this PBY ignited prematurely while its altitude setting ring was being adjusted. In order to prevent premature detonation of other ordnance or mid-air structural failure from fire, the Catalina ditched into Jacquinot Bay. The crew swam to shore in the vicinity of Malakua.
A letter from C. O. 11 Squadron to the Air Board on 15 February stated:
Further message received at 0150/L. SOS LFIA 340* 130 miles (near Gasmata). This was last message received from this aircraft. No further word has been received from aircraft or bases at which it might have sighted.
Fates of the Crew
Four of the crew (Murphy, Pocknee, Woolley and Kraehe) were likely executed at Talili Bay during the Talili Bay Massacre. After the war, the Japanese reported that Pocknee, Woolley, Kraehe and Murphy had been prisoners of war in Rabaul and were killed by allied bombing at Talili and their bodies cremated.
Todd died in captivity, his date of death is officially listed as July 22, 1944.
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