24 DECEMBER 1943



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Bristol Beaufort


RAAF Bristol Beaufort, A9-322 of 32 Squadron, crashed into the sea off Bundaberg on 24 December 1943.


NOTE:- The above information was from a list of aircraft crashes compiled by Bruce Stewart from a series of books called "Aircraft in Australian Service" by Stewart Wilson.

I also received some information on this incident from Ross McNeill (RossMcN@aol.com) of Worcestershire, UK, who is a  researcher specialising in sea losses of Allied aircraft 1939-45.  His Beaufort data comes from the RAF 800 movement cards held at the RAF Museum, Hendon. Ross spent a few months transcribing the info in about 1997.


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Navy to check depth charge on sunken wartime bomber
From BILL McCARTHY in Bundaberg

The Royal Australian Navy will send an officer to Bundaberg today to inspect a Beaufort bomber.

The bomber crashed and sank in the sea off Bundaberg during World War II.

The navy has agreed to a request by Bundaberg diver Mr. Michael Carlson to make a documentary film of it.

The bomber was from 32 Squadron RAAF, which was based in Bundaberg during the war.

The bomber crashed on Christmas Eve 1943.

All crew were saved, some of them injured.

Mr. Carlson has traced all members of the four-man crew - pilot Ron Grieves, navigator Ken Poulsen, of Gympie, gunners Allan Corrie, of Brisbane, and Alan Parsens, of Melbourne.

Mr. Carlsen said the crew told him there was a depth charge strapped to the wing of the aircraft which was primed to explode.

A naval officer and four other men will dive to the wreck 15 km off Burnett Heads tomorrow to inspect it.

The officer will then advise the navy whether to send a demolition ship.

The Bundaberg Returned Services League, the Air Force Association and local authorities have invited the crew of four to meet in Bundaberg in December to hold a remembrance ceremony.

They have also invited the former commander of the RAAF, Air Vice Marshal David Evans, to attend the ceremony.

Air Vice-Marshal Evans will address a dinner and take part in laying a memorial plaque to record a piece of Bundaberg wartime history.

The RAAF has been invited to hold a fly-past over the sea off Bundaberg and the city during the ceremonies on December 18.


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