CRASH OF AN UNKNOWN AIRCRAFT
AT AN UNKNOWN LOCATION 
IN QUEENSLAND ON 16 AUGUST 1942

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I now have access to a record of the burials of US Servicemen at the Townsville US Cemetery. The following US personnel were all buried on the 23 August 1942. They are all listed as being killed in a plane crash at an unknown location. I have assumed at this stage that they were all killed in the same plane crash.

Merker, Bernard 28yrs Jewish
Tarod, Ralph 29yrs Protestant
Bailing, William M. 23yrs Protestant
Hammersmith, G.W. - Protestant
Randall, Herman T. 23yrs Protestant
Adams, Coy 26yrs Protestant

The World War II Honor Roll of the American Battle Monuments Commission gives the following information:-

Ralph Tarod

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces

35032421

450th Ordnance Company, Aviation

Entered the Service from: Ohio
Died: August 16, 1942

Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

 

George W. Hammersmith

First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces

0-364669

450th Ordnance Company, Aviation

Entered the Service from: New York
Died: August 16, 1942

Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Hermon T. Randall

Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces

06924702

30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, Heavy

Entered the Service from: Georgia
Died: August 16, 1942

Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Purple Heart

 

Coy Adams

Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces

06882642

30th Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group, Heavy

Entered the Service from: West Virginia
Died: August 16, 1942

Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

 

NOTE

USAAF B-17 #41-2434 of the 30th Squadron of the 19th Bombardment Group at Mareeba crashed into the sea near Cairns while testing a new flare dropping mechanism on 16 August 1942.  The pilot, Major Dean C. "Pinky" Hoevet and all his crew, which included some of his armament officers were killed. Were the armament officers from the 450th Ordnance Company, Aviation? I have a suspicion that this may be the same crash. Can anyone please confirm?

The following entry is from the following document:-

With the 19th and 43rd Bombardment Groups 1942-3
by William R. Eaton

R.B. Irwin; J.W. Duerst; J.M. Menczkowski;                 4.42; 27 August 1942
Takeoff from Charleville, 1000, landed at Mareeba, 1425. Really glad to get out of Charleville. We are assigned to the 93rd Bomb Sqdn and maybe this time we will get some action. I learned that T/Sgt H.T. Randal and Sgt Coy Adams of the old 2nd Provisional Sqdn had been killed on a hop over Cairns, Q. Both good men. B-17E # 2464

Note the B-17E # 2464 shown above is the aircraft that William R. Eaton flew in on 27 August 1942, not to be confused with the aircraft that crashed with Randall and Adams on board.

 

Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?

Location of crash

What aircraft?

What Squadron?

Date of crash?

 

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