Service Number: 26974
Enlisted: 2 July 1940
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: No. 11 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Burra, SA, 5 September 1917
Home Town: Aldgate, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Driver
Died: Flying Battle, Fakfak West Papua , New Guinea, 2 September 1943, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Panel 7. LAE MEMORIAL Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Burra High School Avenue of Memory, Cairns Catalina A24-50 Memorial Plaque, Lae Memorial
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2 Jul 1940: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
2 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Corporal, 26974
2 Sep 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Corporal, 26974, No. 11 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45
Date unknown: Involvement

Wreckage of Black Cat A24-50 discovered in West Papua 3 Aug 19

3 August 2019

THE Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has completed a search and recovery mission in Indonesia for the remains of 10 Australian airmen aboard Catalina A24-50, 76 years after the aircraft failed to return from a wartime mission.

Reported missing on 2 September 1943 while on a sea mining operation to Sorong in occupied Dutch New Guinea, the wreckage of RAAF No 11 Squadron Catalina A24-50 was located near Fakfak, in West Papua in April 2018.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Air Force Unrecovered War Casualties team positively identified the missing aircraft during a reconnaissance mission to the crash site last year.

“We are committed to honouring the service and sacrifice of Australian military personnel from all theatres of war,” Mr Chester said.

“The RAAF team has concluded further search activities in the field and have reported finding a number of items of interest which require further testing in order to confirm the origin of each item.

“The only major recognisable pieces of wreckage were two sections of the wing, engines and propeller, and the empennage (rear part of fuselage) across the top of a ridge.

“We are very grateful for the support and assistance provided by the Indonesian Air Force throughout this process, without which this work could not take place.”

The Hon Darren Chester MP

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Llewellyn Stanners Penrose and Henrietta Hermione Penrose, of Aldgate, South Australia.