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  PBY-5 Catalina Serial Number A24-64 Tail Code OX-D
RAAF
43 Squadron

Pilot  F/Lt Herbert Cunningham Roberts, RAAF 406368 (MIA / KIA)
Co-Pilot  F/Lt Frank William Silvester, RAAF 411054 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  F/O Robert Carlisle Barbour, RAAF 419949 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  F/Lt James Henry Cox, RAAF 411867 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  F/O Raymond Harold Bradstreet, RAAF 406824 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  Sgt James Robert Robinson, RAAF 37766 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  F/Sgt David John Albert, RAAF 37077 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  Sgt John Charles MacDonald, RAAF 15882 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  Sgt Harold Stanley Goodchild, RAAF 82777 (MIA / KIA)

MIA  December 14, 1944


Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated Aircraft Corporation as PBY-5 Constructor's Number 1329. Assigned US Navy (USN) Bureau Number 08405. Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with Serial Number A24-64. Assigned to No 43 Squadron on August 7, 1943, where it carried tail code OX-D.

Mission History
Departed from Tacloban, Leyte for a mission to mine Manila Bay.

The aircraft departed independently and nothing further was heard from it after take off. The course was due to take the aircraft through the Hintolo Channel just south of Masbate Island, through the channel between Panay and Karabao Islands, over the middle of Semirara Island, round the western tip of Mindoro, up the coast of Mindoro turning almost due east after reaching Cape Kalavite for a few miles and then proceeding almost due north through the Verde Island passage as far as Bagak Bay, then in between Mount Natib and Mariveles to the western side of Manila Bay.

Returning on a course which carried them east of Corregidor and then south west back to Cape Kalavite.

Memorials
All crew members are now commemorated on the Labuan Memorial at the Labuan War Cemetery, Malaysia.

References
RAAF Casualty Card - Catalina A24-64
ADF Serials - Catalina A24-64
RAAF DB - Catalina A24-64
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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February 4, 2018

 

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