Donald Cosmo BEDDOE

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BEDDOE, Donald Cosmo

Service Number: 401731
Enlisted: 28 March 1941, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Elsternwick, Victoria, Australia, 29 June 1917
Home Town: Brunswick, Moreland, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway Employee
Died: Murdered while Prisoner of War, Itain Islands, Banda Sea, 24 May 1944, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
Northern Territory Memorial in the Adelaide River Cemetery Panel 6 No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 401731
28 Mar 1941: Enlisted Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
24 May 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 401731, No. 2 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography

Rank -Flying Officer

Plane was Hudson A16-230. 2 Squadron

Part of 127 pages report.

After being shot down Beddoe and his crew rowed ashore in a dinghy to Loeang Island where they spent 2 months on the island with the local natives before they betrayed to the Japanese.

During the straffing of the barge on which Beddoe and his crew were travelling Beddoe tried to attract the attention of the Allied planes that were flying overhead doing the stafing.

Beddoe was shot by the Japanese and his body thrown overboard somewhere between Nawaan and Itain Islands. . His crew was later executed by the Japanese on Ambon.

The four natives responsible for the betrayal were imprisoned and the Japanese officers responsible were found guilty and were to be executed. The Japanese WO who shot Beddoe was also identified but not enough evidence could be found to sentence the offender to death or imprisonement

Son of David and Emily Beddoe; husband of Adele Margaret Beddoe, of Brunswick, Victoria.

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His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial and the Prisoner of War Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria

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