Milne Bay to Buna.

 

Darwin Defence Part I to Operation I-Go.

 

May 1942 to April 1943

NAME INIT. RANK DEST. PROB. DAM. DATE SQUAD. AIRCRAFT E/A LOCATION AREA #

ASH P.H F/LT 1     42.08.04 76 P-40 Kate Milne Bay P.N.G  
CARROLL R.C SGT 0.5     42.08.04 76 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 40
DEMPSTER J.P SGT 0.5     42.08.04 76 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 41
ATHERTON G.C F/O     1 42.08.11 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 42
BRERETON J.L.G F.O     2 42.08.11 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G  
BROWN B.E P/O     1 42.08.11 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G  
COKER F.A F/LT   1   42.08.11 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G  
COWE* W.D SGT     1 42.08.11 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G  
OLLIVIER J.N F/O   0.5   42.08.11 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G  
RIDDEL R.G SGT     1 42.08.11 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G  
WHETTERS W.A P/O   0.5   42.08.11 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G  
WAWN C.N F/LT 1 1   42.08.11 76 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 43
COKER F.A F/LT     1 42.08.24 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G  
PIPER J.W.W F/LT     1 42.08.24 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G  
CARROLL R.C SGT 0.25     42.08.24 76 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 44
GLASSOP R.H SGT 0.25     42.08.24 76 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 44
GRAY R.A
SGT 0.25     42.08.24 76 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 44
SULLIVAN V.F F/LT 0.25     42.08.24 76 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 44
JACKSON L.D S/LDR 1     42.08.27 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 45
JONES P.B F/O   1   42.08.27 75 P-40 D/Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G 46
RIDDEL R.G SGT 2     42.08.27 75 P-40 Zero Milne Bay P.N.G 47
WATSON B.D F/O 1   1 42.08.27 75 P-40 D/Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G 46
30         1 42.11.17 30 Beaufighter Zeke Lae N.G 48
30       1   42.11.22 30 Beaufighter Zero Lae N.G 49
LITTLE R.A F/LT   1   42.11.22 30 Beaufighter Zero Lae N.G  
CRESSWELL R.C S/LDR 1     42.11.23 77 P-40 Betty Darwin N.T  
BARNETT E.J.C SGT 1     42.12.23 31 Beaufighter Nate Fuiloro Timor  
ARCHER J.S P/O 1     42.12.26 4 Wirraway Zero Buna P.N.G  
DENNETT J.E.S F/O     1 42.12.27 31 Beaufighter Zeke Fuiloro Timor  
ROE* R.H F/O     1 43.01.07 30 Beaufighter Zero Gasmata coast New Britain 50
VIAL L.S SGT   2   43.01.07 30 Beaufighter Zero Gasmata coast New Britain 50
TRUSCOTT* K.W S/LDR 1     43.01.21 76 P-40 Betty Darwin N.T  
STANLEY J.I F/O     1 43.01.30 31 Beaufighter Floatplane Darwin Coast? N.T  
FOSTER R.W F/LT 1     43.02.06 54RAF Spitfire Dinah C.Van Diemen N.T  
READ W.A F/O     1 43.02.28 31 Beaufighter Zeke Penfoei Timor  
CALDWELL C.R W/C 1     43.03.02 1WING Spitfire Zero P.Charles N.T  
CALDWELL C.R W/C 1     43.03.02 1WING Spitfire Kate P.Charles N.T  
ASHBY R.G F.O     1 43.03.02 54RAF Spitfire Kate Coomalie N.T  
GIBBES E.M S/LDR 1     43.03.02 54RAF Spitfire Zero Coomalie N.T  
STIRLING* J.McL SGT 1     43.03.06 75 P-40 Nell Goodenough Is. P.N.G  
MACLEAN D.H F/LT 0.5     43.03.07 457 Spitfire Dinah Darwin N.T  
MCDOWELL* F.R.J F/SGT 0.5     43.03.07 457 Spitfire Dinah Darwin N.T  
ARTHUR W.S S/LDR 0.5     43.03.10 75 P-40 Betty Urasi Is. P.N.G 51
WILSON K.R SGT 0.5     43.03.10 75 P-40 Betty Urasi Is. P.N.G 51
GOLDSMITH A.P F/O 1     43.03.15 452 Spitfire Betty Darwin N.T  
GOLDSMITH A.P F/O     1 43.03.15 452 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
GOLDSMITH  A.P F/O 1     43.03.15 452 Spitfire Hamp Darwin N.T  
HALL E.S F/LT     1 43.03.15 452 Spitfire Hamp Darwin N.T  
BATCHELOR A.E F/SGT   1   43.03.15 457 Spitfire Zero Darwin N.T  
HAMILTON* F.D F/O   1   43.03.15 457 Spitfire Zero Darwin N.T  
MCDOWELL* F.R.J F/SGT     1 43.03.15 457 Spitfire Betty Darwin N.T  
ROBINSON* N.F P/O   1   43.03.15 457 Spitfire Zero Darwin N.T  
WATSON P.H F/LT 1     43.03.15 457 Spitfire Zero Darwin N.T  
WATSON P.H F/LT     1 43.03.15 457 Spitfire Betty Darwin N.T 52
WATSON R.W F/SGT 1     43.03.15 457 Spitfire Zero Darwin N.T  
BIGGS K.A F/SGT 1     43.03.15 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
FOSTER R.W F/LT 1   1 43.03.15 54RAF Spitfire Betty Darwin N.T  
MAWER* G.A F/O 1     43.03.15 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
NORWOOD R F/LT 1 1 2 43.03.15 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
TAYLOR I.S F/O     1 43.03.15 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
HODGKINSON J.A.T F/O 1     43.04.11 77 P-40 Zeke Vivigani P.N.G  
ATHERTON G.C F/O 1     43.04.14 75 P-40 Betty Milne Bay P.N.G  
BROWN B.E F/O 1     43.04.14 75 P-40 Val Milne Bay P.N.G  
HALL A.H SGT 1     43.04.14 75 P-40 Hap Milne Bay P.N.G  
HALL A.H SGT   1   43.04.14 75 P-40 Betty Milne Bay P.N.G  
JONES P.B F/O   0.5   43.04.14 75 P-40 Betty Milne Bay P.N.G  
MORRISON J.C P/O 1     43.04.14 75 P-40 Zeke Milne Bay P.N.G 53
STIRLING* J.McL F/SGT 1     43.04.14 75 P-40 Betty Milne Bay P.N.G  
TODD N.C F/O 1     43.04.14 75 P-40 Zeke Milne Bay P.N.G  
WARD* W.J P/O   0.5   43.04.14 75 P-40 Betty Milne Bay P.N.G  
WHITEHEAD* P.E F/O     1 43.04.14 75 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
77         4 43.04.14 77 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
77         1 43.04.14 77 P-40 Fighter Milne Bay P.N.G  
COX J.A F/LT   1   43.04.14 77 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
CRESSWELL R.C S/LDR 1     43.04.14 77 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
HODGKINSON J.A.T F/O 1     43.04.14 77 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
JOHNSTONE P.R F/LT   1   43.04.14 77 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
KELLY D.H F/O 1 1   43.04.14 77 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
KINROSS I.R F/LT   1   43.04.14 77 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
MORRISON* A.W.C F/O   1   43.04.14 77 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
SPROULE* D.M F/LT 1     43.04.14 77 P-40 Bomber Milne Bay P.N.G  
SUDLOW R.P F/LT 1     43.04.14 77 P-40 Fighter Milne Bay P.N.G  

 

   

 

 

Notes

40. Sgt R.C Carroll credited with shared in ORB. Southall and RAAF Log has this half claim as F/O M.S Bott.

41. This pilot often referred to as Sgt."Paddy" Dempster.

42. ORB lists as1 damaged. Shores1 lists as 1 destroyed  and 1 probable. Southall lists as 1 destroyed. RAAF Log lists 1 destroyed.

43. Shores3 lists 1 destroyed and 1 probable. Southall lists 1 destroyed, ORB lists2 probables. RAAF Log lists 1 destroyed. While the ORB lists 2 probables to Warn on this day, there is enough evidence to suggest one of these may have been upgraded to destroyed.

44. ORB lists damaged claims to Sullivan, Gray, Glassop during August but lists Carroll's only claim  as a shared destroyed on the 4.8.42. Southall and RAAF Log gives a four way credit to Sullivan, Giffin, Glassop and Carroll in this interception.

45. Shores1 lists as 1 destroyed and 1 probable.

46. Gillison suggests that Jones and Watson shared in 1 destroyed, 1 probable and 1 damaged dive bomber. ORB lists same claims but states "P/O.Jones and P/O.Watson between them destroyed..." but lists all claims as shared elsewhere. Wilson credits 1 probable to Jones, and 1 destroyed and 1 damaged to Watson.

47. Riddell in an interview with Veitch claimed 2 Zero's this day. ORB, Southall and Wilson all list one destroyed.

48. Attack on Lae aerodrome. Some doubt as to whether this aircraft was airborne when destroyed. Claim not attributed to a pilot.

50. ORB states only two Zero's damaged and aircraft identified as Oscars in some reports. F/Sgt.Vial with his observer F/Sgt. Nelson claimed hits on two Zeros which were last seen trailing smoke and losing height. For this reason I have listed these claims as probably destroyed. It is also unclear whether Vial's Beaufighter carried a rear gun so I have attributed both claims to Vial.

51. Shores1 lists as a full claim to S/Ldr.W.S Arthur but evidence suggests this was shared with Sgt K.R Wilson.

52. This claim listed by Shores3 but not mentioned in ORB.

53. Wilson lists as probable.