The crew of No 20 Squadron, RAAF, Consolidated Catalina A24-203 which, under the command of Pilot ...

Accession Number P04995.001
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Place made Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin
Date made November 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

The crew of No 20 Squadron, RAAF, Consolidated Catalina A24-203 which, under the command of Pilot Officer Ross Schulz, failed to return from a mission to the Pescadores Islands on the night of 7 March 1945. Identified, left to right, back row: Warrant Officer William Voss 'Snow' Bates, of Redcliffe, Qld, aged 34 years; Sergeant Walter Douglas 'Scottie' Scott, of Rozelle, NSW, aged 20 years; Flight Sergeant William Alan (Bill) Rowe, of Merewether, NSW, aged 32 years, Sergeant Alfred Russel 'Rus' Jones, of South Murwillumbah, NSW, aged 21 years; Sergeant Donald Kelway (Don) Storrie, of Wagga Wagga, NSW, aged 25 years. Front row: Warrant Officer James Reginald (Reg) Cleworth, of Sandringham, Vic, aged 22 years; Warrant Officer Malcolm Oswald (Ron) Merrett, of Cremorne, NSW, aged 24 years; Warrant Officer Ross William Schulz, of Meadows, SA, aged 21 years, and Flying Officer Keith McClement, of Gympie, Qld, aged 22 years. The crew left Darwin on 1 March 1945 on their way to Jikomoc Island and departed Linamoc Island on 7 March 1945. They refuelled and left Lingayen Gulf bound for the west coast of Formosa. Contact was lost after departure and searches were conducted but no trace of the crew or aircraft was found.