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  CA-7 Wirraway Serial Number A20-179  
24 Squadron

Pilot  F/O John Cameron Lowe, RAAF 402662 (MIA / KIA) Scone, NSW
Observer  Sgt Clive Albert Ashford, RAAF 3210 (MIA / KIA) Enfield, NSW

MIA  January 20, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructor's Number 179.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Wirraway serial number A20-179. Assigned to 24 Squadron based at Vunakanau Airfield near Rabaul. No known nose art or nickname.

Mission History
On January 20, 1942 took off from Vunakanau Airfield to intercept incoming Japanese aircraft. Shot down in flames.

Both crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are commemorated on the Rabaul Memorial at the Bitapaka (Bita Paka) War Cemetery. Lowe on panel 34. Ashford on panel 36.

CWGC - John Cameron Lowe
CWGC - Clive Albert Ashford
ADF Serials - Wirraway A20-179
RAAF DB - Wirraway A20-179
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
May 22, 2017


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