17 AUGUST 1943
CRASH OF A CATALINA
INTO THE SEA 5 MILES EAST OF BOWEN, QLD
A Catalina at Mackay Airport - 1961
A Catalina at Mackay airport - 1961
RAAF Catalina, A24-24, of 20 Squadron RAAF, crashed into the sea 5 miles east of Bowen in north Queensland at approximately 1545 hours E.S.T on 17 August 1943 during an air to sea Gunnery Training exercise. At the conclusion of the firing practice the Catalina was making a run across the wave tops over a choppy sea and it is assumed that the Port Wing hit the water and the aircraft crashed into the sea.
The following personnel were list as missing believed killed:-
Flying Officer Peter Keene (416430) Pilot
Pilot Officer Stanley John Porteous (410419) 2nd Pilot
Sergeant Raymond Charles Ciglander (426048) Navigator
Leading Aircraftman Ainslie Iver Dent (20387) 11E (AG)
Sergeant Leslie George Dalgleish (12240) 11A (AG)
Sergeant Harold Stuart William Thomas (427166) W.O.A.G.
Captain Lawrence Edward Tansey (NX200513) 2/7th Australian General Hospital
Captain Donald Charles Whitfeld (VX47450) 2/7th Australian General Hospital
Sergeant Lloyd George Fiske (VX40288) 2/7th Australian General Hospital
Sergeant Leslie Harry Harrison (VX38770) 2/7th Australian General Hospital
Private Douglas McLaine (VX126184) 2/7th Australian General Hospital
Private Irvine George Osborne (VX124121) 2/7th Australian General Hospital
Private Kenneth Reginald Walker (VX124120) 2/7th Australian General Hospital
The following personnel were listed as injured:-
Sgt. R. Fowler (11071) 11E (AG), slightly injured
LAC C.L. Edwards (72589) Arm (AG), not injured
I'd like to thank Squadron Leader Dave Burns for his assistance with this web page.
"Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"
By Geoffrey Pentland & Peter Malone
SOURCE:- Aircraft Crash Sites - Australia
Crash: No. 315
Position: 16.52 - 145.49
Department of Aviation Chart No: 3219
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