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Norman Harold Benton, 428755 (MIA / KIA, BR) Auckland, NZ
Navigator F/Sgt James Noel Cunneen, 432192 (MIA / KIA, BR) Wellington, NZ
Radio/Gunner F/Sgt Robert Hugh MacFarquhar Buchanan, 392012 (MIA / KIA, BR) Southland, NZ
Gunner W/O Christopher Charles William Jeffares, 4216543 (MIA / KIA, BR) Taranaki, NZ
Gunner F/Sgt James George Gardiner Mallett, 436918 (MIA / KIA, BR) Taranaki, NZ
Observer Sgt Norman Egerton Merfield, WX14946 AIF (MIA / KIA / BNR) Kojonup, WA
Crashed June 9, 1945
This aircraft failed to return and was believed to have been hit by anti-aircraft fire over the target. In fact, it crashed into a mountain near Kimidam. The entire crew was killed in the crash. When this aircraft failed to return, it was officially declared Missing In Action (MIA).
Merfield was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He remains missing in action and is memorialized on the Rabaul memorial, panel 1 at Bitapaka War Cemetery (Rabaul War Cemetery).
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