Pilot (USN) Details Wanted

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Pilot (USN) Details Wanted

Post by Dean » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:01 am

Hi gang,
I am looking for the details of a US Navy pilot who was the captain of an 11 Squadron (RAAF) PBY Catalina A24-9 that was lost on 21 Jan 42. The only information I have is LT G. Hutchinson so can anyone confirm his details for me please?

Thanks

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Re: Pilot (USN) Details Wanted

Post by davidf » Sun May 02, 2010 1:04 am

Dean,

Lt Gregory Leland HUTCHINSON, US Navy, was attached to No 11 Squadron RAAF from 20 October 1941 for flying duties and as US Naval Observer. (Lt S.P. WELLER, USN was attached to No 20 Squadron on the same day).

Survivor of the crash of A24-9 Cpl KEEN said that natives buried three dismembered bodies near the wreck. Australian Graves Registration recovered the bodies and reburied them at Lae War Cemetery (Australian). The tooth charts of one of the bodies did not match any of the RAAF crew and was assumed to be that of Lt HUTCHINSON.

The US National Archives lists HUTCHINSON's home town as Seattle, Washington.
At the time of his death, the RAAF had his next of kin listed as his wife "Mrs G.L. Hutchinson, Chevron, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia".

I hope this helps.

Regards,
David F.

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Re: Pilot (USN) Details Wanted

Post by davidf » Sun May 02, 2010 1:10 am

Correction - the name is Lt George Leland HUTCHINSON (not Gregory). Sorry.

David F.

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Re: Pilot (USN) Details Wanted

Post by Dean » Sun May 02, 2010 3:17 am

David wrote:Um, have just noticed that your website IS ADF Serials .. oops. Not much else on google either.

Np David. Thanks for your help all the same.

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Re: Pilot (USN) Details Wanted

Post by Dean » Sun May 02, 2010 3:23 am

davidf wrote:Dean,

Lt Gregory Leland HUTCHINSON, US Navy, was attached to No 11 Squadron RAAF from 20 October 1941 for flying duties and as US Naval Observer. (Lt S.P. WELLER, USN was attached to No 20 Squadron on the same day).

Survivor of the crash of A24-9 Cpl KEEN said that natives buried three dismembered bodies near the wreck. Australian Graves Registration recovered the bodies and reburied them at Lae War Cemetery (Australian). The tooth charts of one of the bodies did not match any of the RAAF crew and was assumed to be that of Lt HUTCHINSON.

The US National Archives lists HUTCHINSON's home town as Seattle, Washington.
At the time of his death, the RAAF had his next of kin listed as his wife "Mrs G.L. Hutchinson, Chevron, St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia".

I hope this helps.

Regards,
David F.
It does immensely. Thanks David F.

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Re: Pilot (USN) Details Wanted

Post by Edward » Wed May 05, 2010 12:51 pm

Dean,

The loss of Catalina A24-9 is covered in Robert Piper's book Great Air Escapes (Pagemasters 1991) under the chapter "Sole Survivor" [pages 7-13].

Regarding George Leland Hutchinson, Piper notes that prior to his demise he participated in two other RAAF Catalina missions: a long distance raid on Truk and the search for the survivors of the HMAS Sydney off Western Australia. Hutchinson is buried at the Golden Gate National Cemetery at San Bruno, California [p. 13].

The Pacific Wrecks page on loss of A24-9 includes a photo of Lt. Hutchinson via Piper
http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/pby/A24-9.html

Edward

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