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Beaufighter Mark VIc Serial Number A19-130

Fergusson Island - Milne Bay Province Papua New Guinea

Lat 9 30' 0S Long 150 40' 0E

PT Boat Base :

This island was a USN PT-Boat base, established on June 30, 1942.

Beaufighter Mark VIc Serial Number A19-130 :
  • RAAF - 30 Sqn -
  • Pilot WGCDR Clarence Parsons Glasscock, DFC, 260092
  • Navigator FLGOFF R A Kelly
  • Crew WGCDR Jervis Huon Glasscock, 135
  • Passenger Clarence Glasscock was the CO for 30SQN
  • Crashed August 16, 1943
  • Discovered 2000 by Rod Pearce
Passenger Clarence Glasscock was the CO for 30SQN, and killed in A19-133 (the aircraft whose engine is on display at San Remo) on September 19, 1943

Photograph : Don Fetterly 2001
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Mission History :

Ditched off Fergusson Island on August 16, 1943. A19-130 was a brand new Beaufighter belonged to 30 squadron and took off at 0920 hours on the 16th of August, 1943 from Vivagani on Goodenough for fuel consumption and ornament test, basically a test flight..

Rod Pearce seen here in the cockpit : Photograph by Don Fetterly 2001
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Mission History :

Several minutes after becoming airborne and at a height of 1200 feet the aircraft's star board motor failed while crossing the west coast of near by Fergusson Island. Not being able to maintain height with a full war load, it was decided to ditch in near by Hughes Bay.

After flying inland for a short period of time, they crossed the north coast of the Island at low altitude and prepared for a water landing. The forward escape hatch was jettisoned at 100 ft above the Bunai River mouth and power taken off 20 ft above the sea on a down wind water landing.

No injuries were sustained and the aircraft sank in about 10 seconds. The dingy inflated automatically, but was punctured by the tailplane as the aircraft nosed over before plummeting to the bottom, and was abandoned forcing the crew to swim to shore.

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Pacific Wreck Database has kindly allowed this information to be posted here on our website.

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