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  CA-8 Wirraway Serial Number A20-303  
RAAF
24 Squadron

Pilot  Sgt Charles Frederick Bromley, RAAF 405391 (KIA / BR) Richmond, QLD
Observer  Sgt Richard Walsh, RAAF 5803 (KIA / BR) Beaudesert, QLD

MIA  January 20, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) with Constructor's Number 505.

Wartime History
Delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Wirraway serial number A20-303. 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 by A6M2 Zeros and crashed into the sea.

Memorials
Both crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Both are buried at the Bita Paka (Bita Paka) War Cemetery. Bromley H. D. 1. Walsh H. D. 2.

References
CWGC - Charles Frederick Bromley
CWGC - Richard Walsh
ADF Serials - Wirraway A20-303
RAAF DB - Wirraway A20-303
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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