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|1st Pilot FLT Robert Hampton Thompson, 461 (POW, survived) Boulder, WA
2nd Pilot FLT Paul Maxwell George Metzler, 609 (POW, survived) Mosman, NSW
2nd Wireless Operator LAC Leo Thomas Clarke, 32579 (MIA / KIA 1/21/42) Chatswood, NSW
1st Engineer CPL John "Jack" Perret, 6461 (MIA / KIA 1/21/42) Goomeri, QLD
2nd Engineer LAC Kenneth George Parkyns, 34163 (POW) Liverpool, NSW
1st Wireless Operator LAC Charles Hickson Sollitt, 8265 (POW) Suva, Fiji
Rigger AC1 William "Bill" Harry Blackman, 15207 (POW) Greenwich, NSW
Armourer LAC James Leslie Cox, 33871 (MIA / KIA 1/21/42) Bathurst, NSW
Crashed January 21, 1942
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Catalina A24-8. On September 11, 1941 assigned to 20 Squadron.
A24-8 was ordered to shadow the fleet. Zeros took off from one of the carriers in the fleet and eventually found and shot down A24-8. As a result the following three crew members were killed.
This aircraft was ordered to shadow the enemy vessels. Meanwhile, A6M2 Zeros from the Shokaku shot down this Catalina causing it to crash land in the Bismarck Sea. Three of the crew went down with the aircraft: Clarke, Perrett and Cox.
Fates of the Crew
On January 26, 1942 at 1pm, Aoba arrives at Rabaul where the Australians became Prisoners Of War (POW) and were turned over to the Japanese Navy 8th Special Base Force.
21 January 1942: Operation "O"- The Invasion of Rabaul and Kavieng:
and were picked up by a Japanese cruiser and became Prisoners Of War (POW) for the duration of the war. All five survived captivity and were liberated at the end of the war.
Thompson retired as a RAAF Group Captain. He passed away on June 10, 1967 and was buried at Bairnsdale War Cemetery at Plot A, Row B, Grave 15.
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