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Crash Boat

Crew  Cpl Harry Turner, RAAF 11854 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  AC1 James Townsend Thorpe Geappen, RAAF 31289 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  AC1 John Francis Donegan, RAAF 41879 (survived)
Crew  Sig Frederick Edward Newman, AIF WX29017 (MIA / KIA August 30, 1942)
Crew  Pte N G Farrar, AIF WX6486 (survived)
Sunk  August 29, 1942

Ship History
Built as an O8 Type Crash Boat for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Designated Crash Launch O8-5.

Wartime History
On August 29, 1942 this vessel was on patrol in Milne Bay when it was attacked by a Japanese ship and sunk at 11:20pm between Waga Waga and Mullins Harbor.

Fates of the Crew
Cpl Turner and AC1 Geappen were killed in the attack or sinking. Sig Newman died the following day. AC1 Donegan and Pte Farrar survived this incident and returned to duty.

Later, Pte Farrar was listed as being "later accidentally killed", though the above details do not show on either the WWII Nominal Roll or Commonwealth War Graves Commission database.

Turner and Geappen were officially declared dead on August 29, 1942. Newman was officially declared dead on August 30, 1942. All three are commemorated on the Port Moresby Memorial at Bomana War Cemetery.

WW2 Nominal Roll - J F Donegan
CWGC - Frederick Edward Newman

RAAFDB - J T Geappen
RAAFDB - H Turner
Thanks to Greg Williams and Daniel Leahy for their assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
November 16, 2018


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