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2/6th Armoured Regiment
Crew Commander Sgt Kenneth A. MacGregor, NX56166 (KIA)
After moving about 60 yards, a concealed Japanese 37mm A/T fired at M3A1 2561, striking the driver's front flap causing the visor to spring open. The second round hit the gunner's visor causing it to spring open also. The tank took at least another two rounds. Damaged, Heap ordered his driver, Thomas, to drive off the track allowing Boughton's tank to come through.
The Japanese gunners opened fire on the new target with one round penetrating the driver's visor causing four casualties. The driver, L/Cpl Ray Lynn received wounds to his face was able to turn the tank around and limp back to the replenishment area. Although Boughton received medical attention, he died of his wounds later that day.
This tank had been moving forward and was able to charge the Japanese position unseen. The tank was out of view from the infantry, but apparently swerved suddenly into an enemy position - possibly the victim of a mine being thrust on a pole. The tank was then hit by a Japanese Molotov Cocktail and completely burnt out.
This tank thrust along the Sanananda Track lasted approximately 45 minutes. This was the last battle where enemy fire was encountered by Stuarts in the Gona-Buna-Sanananda area.
After The Battle
Dale McCarthy adds:
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