AITCHESON, Allan Graham

Previous service AIF. POW Japanese. Plane was a Beaufighter A19-209 on a barge sweep along the east coast of Ceram, finishing at Sebakor Bay on the southern coast of New Guinea. The aircraft experienced difficulty and crashed landed on the Bomberai Peninsula. F/Lt Albert James Moody [Pilot] and F/Sgt Allan Graham Aitcheson [Navigator] survived but were betrayed by local natives and captured by the Japanese. Moody and Aitcheson were tortured and shot after about three months of capture. There was an attempted rescue of the airmen from Idore by Dutch ground troops with RAAF support but the airmen had been dead for some time.

Last Name
AITCHESON
Given Names
Allan Graham
Service Number
432654
Date of Birth
27/01/1922
Birth Location
Charters Towers QLD
Enlistment Date
06/01/1943
Enlistment Location
Sydney
1Wags Start Date
22/07/1943
Course Details
Navigation Course 7, 1 W.A.G.S Prisoner Of War
Intake Date
22/07/1943
Finish Date
16/12/1943
To
2 A.O.S
Kill or Discharge Date
25/01/1945 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
30 Sqn.
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Operations
POW Netherlands East Indies
Date of Death
25/01/1945
Age
22
Cemetery / Memorial
Port Moresby Bomana War Cemetery
Medals
1939-45 Star Pacific Star War medal 1939-45 War medal
Prisoner of War
POW
Notes

Previous service AIF. POW Japanese. Plane was a Beaufighter A19-209 on a barge sweep along the east coast of Ceram, finishing at Sebakor Bay on the southern coast of New Guinea. The aircraft experienced difficulty and crashed landed on the Bomberai Peninsula. F/Lt Albert James Moody [Pilot] and F/Sgt Allan Graham Aitcheson [Navigator] survived but were betrayed by local natives and captured by the Japanese. Moody and Aitcheson were tortured and shot after about three months of capture. There was an attempted rescue of the airmen from Idore by Dutch ground troops with RAAF support but the airmen had been dead for some time.

Posting on Death
30 Squadron
NAA Status
DIGITIZED
1WAGS - AITCHESON Allan Graham - Service Number 432654 (edited-2)

Acknowledgements

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