CLAXTON, Oliver George Frederick

Plane was a Lockheed Hudson A16-145 which took off from either Lae or Salamau Airfield bound for Rabaul.[ This is not verified]. The plane disappeared most likely due to a storm or mechanical malfunction and crashed, most probably in the sea between Lae/Salamaua and Rabaul/Kavieng. The wreckage has not been found as yet. Four crew were lost. [ Alan Capp nephew of Co-Pilot F/O James McIntyre]

Last Name
CLAXTON
Given Names
Oliver George Frederick
Service Number
400552
Date of Birth
04/11/1909
Birth Location
Melbourne VIC.
Enlistment Date
15/09/1940
Enlistment Location
Melbourne
1Wags Start Date
17/10/1940
Course Details
WAGS Course 6
Intake Date
17/10/1940
Finish Date
05/04/1941
To
1 BAGS
Kill or Discharge Date
19/01/1942 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
64 SQN
Rank
Sergeant
Operations
Air ops. Rabaul Territory New Guinea
Date of Death
19/01/1942
Age
32
Cemetery / Memorial
Rabaul Memorial Cemetery New Guinea
Medals
Air Gunners badge 1939-45 star Pacific star war medal
Notes

Plane was a Lockheed Hudson A16-145 which took off from either Lae or Salamau Airfield bound for Rabaul.[ This is not verified]. The plane disappeared most likely due to a storm or mechanical malfunction and crashed, most probably in the sea between Lae/Salamaua and Rabaul/Kavieng. The wreckage has not been found as yet. Four crew were lost. [ Alan Capp nephew of Co-Pilot F/O James McIntyre]

Posting on Death
64 Squadron
NAA Status
DIGITIZED

Acknowledgements

UBC Web DesignAustralian War MemorialCity of BallaratNational Archives of AustraliaRSL Virtual War MemorialDepartment of Veterans+39 Affairs