Crash of a Consolidated B-24J-210-CO Liberator in Halmahera Island: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jul 31, 1945
Operator:
Registration:
A72-66
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Pitu - Pitu
MSN:
5309
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The crew departed Pitu Airfield (Morotai Island) at 0800LT to attack Japanese antiaircraft positions located in Lolobata, on the neighboring island of Halmahera. As the aircraft failed to return at the end of the day, SAR operations were conducted but eventually suspended three days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found.
Crew (21st Squadron):
F/O Jack Bonfield Faviell,
F/O William Joseph Stubbs,
F/O Douglas Poultney Dewhurst,
W/O Bruce Vaughton Peach,
F/Sgt Neville Herbert Playford,
F/Sgt Ronald Jack Walker,
Sgt Gordon Malcolm Scott,
F/Sgt Robert William Delahunt,
F/Sgt Aubrey Edward Burgess.

Crash of a North American B-25 Mitchell near Langgur: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 1, 1944 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N5-214
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While approaching the Langgur Airport, the B-25 Mitchell was shot down by the pilot of a Japanese fighter and crashed. At least one crew member was killed.
Crew (18th Squadron):
F/Sgt Thomas Hugh Barclay.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a Japanese fighter.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina near Namlea: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jul 20, 1944 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
A24-45
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
En route, while cruising in poor weather conditions, the seaplane hit a mountain (2,000 meters high) located in the region of Namlea. No trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found until 1993.

Crash of a Lockheed L-414 Hudson IIIA off Pulan Luang Island

Date & Time: Mar 27, 1944
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A16-230
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
6491
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Hughes Airfield for a reconnaissance mission of the islands in the Banda Sea. While approaching the Pulan Luang Island, the aircraft was shot down and crashed into the sea. While the aircraft sunk and was lost, all five crew members were take prisoners by the Japanese. One of them was killed by the attack of a Japanese barge while all four occupants were executed on August 16, 1944.
Crew:
S/L John Leonard Scott,
F/Sgt Robert Ian Maxwell King,
F/Sgt Bruce Erskdale Wallace,
F/Sgt Keith Charles Wright,
P/O Donald Cosmo Beddoe.
Probable cause:
Shot down.

Crash of a North American B-25 Mitchell in Kai Island: 6 killed

Date & Time: Mar 6, 1944
Operator:
Registration:
N5-179
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances on Kai Island while performing a maritime patrol flight. All six crew were killed.

Crash of a Lockheed L-414 Hudson IIIA off Tanimbar Island: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 8, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A16-233
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
414-6483
YOM:
1942
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The aircraft was completing a maritime patrol flight off Indonesia on behalf of the 2nd Squadron. En route, while attacking the Japanese ship christened 'Sugi Maru', the twin engine aircraft was shot down by enemy fire and crashed into the sea some 20 miles north of the Tanimbar Island. Three crew were killed instantly while two others were rescued and taken PoW. Both were executed on October 31.
Crew (2nd Squadron):
F/Lt L. A. Martin, †
F/O Marcus C. Wettenhall, †
F/Sgt N. A. Graham,
F/O M. H. Williams, †
F/Sgt William Robinson Boanas.
Probable cause:
Shot down by Japanese fire.

Crash of a Lockheed L-414 Hudson IIIA off Aru Island: 5 killed

Date & Time: May 7, 1943 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A16-171
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
414-6100
YOM:
1941
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
While cruising at an altitude of 3,000 feet, the twin engine aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a Japanese fighter and crashed into the sea off Aru Island. All five crew members were killed.
Crew (2nd Squadron):
W/O V. L. Jackman,
F/O D. R. Hicks,
F/Sgt E. Quinn,
F/Sgt I. W. MacKenzie,
Sgt D. A. Emery.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a Japanese fighter.

Crash of a North American B-25 Mitchell off Seram: 5 killed

Date & Time: Apr 28, 1943 at 0850 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N5-135
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was involved in a bombing mission against enemy warship cruising off the coast of Maluku. During the attack, the aircraft was shot down by enemy fire and crashed into the sea, killing all five crew members.
Crew (18th Squadron):
1st Lt A. F. Oudraad, pilot,
2nd Lt J. B. F. de Knecht, copilot,
Sgt Neville George William Morris, bombardier,
Sgt A. H. de Jongh, radio operator,
Sgt Geoffrey Albert O'Hea, wireless operator and air gunner.
Probable cause:
Shot down by anti-aircraft fire.

Crash of a Lockheed L-414 Hudson IIIA off Saumlaki: 5 killed

Date & Time: Sep 15, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A16-172
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
414-6425
YOM:
1941
Flight number:
BAT423
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was attacking an enemy vessel off Saumlaki when the twin engine aircraft was shot down by enemy fire and crashed into the Arafura Sea off Saumlakki. All five occupants were killed.
Crew (2nd Squadron):
F/O Kenneth L. McDonnell,
P/O Kevin J. Ahern,
F/O Victor Treloar,
Sgt Gilbert S. Dobbs,
Sgt Gerald W. Smith.
Probable cause:
Shot down by enemy fire.

Crash of a Lockheed L-414 Hudson IIIA off Saumlaki: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 30, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A16-234
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
414-6502
YOM:
1942
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a maritime patrol flight over the Arafura Sea when the twin engine aircraft crashed into the sea off Saumlaki, on Pulau Jamdena Island. All four crew were killed.
Crew (2nd Squadron):
F/O Robert C. Muecke,
F/O Frank S. Moss,
P/O Lloyd M. Miners,
Sgt James E. Laman.
Probable cause:
An unconfirmed report says the accident was the result of an inflight collision with a Japanese seaplane.