COUTIE, Barton Irving

Previous service105th Bty.5th 2d Bgde No 4 Comp. Nth Command Signals. Plane was a Hudson Bomber A16-126 which took off from Gasmata airfield to attack Japanese shipping at Gasmata harbour in New Britain. The Hudson was shot down by the Japanese in a remote region of Papua New Guinea. Sixty-six years later in 2008, the wreckage of the plane was found by a missionary Mark Reichman in thick jungle on a ridge inland from the town of Gasmata. Four men were lost with the aircraft.

Last Name
COUTIE
Given Names
Barton Irving
Service Number
405543
Date of Birth
20/10/1918
Birth Location
Melbourne VIC.
Enlistment Date
25/04/1941
Enlistment Location
Brisbane
1Wags Start Date
29/05/1941
Course Details
WAGS Course 14
Intake Date
29/05/1941
Finish Date
17/11/1941
To
2BAGS
Kill or Discharge Date
11/02/1942 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
23 SQN
Rank
Sergeant
Operations
Enemy action near Gasmata Territory of New Guinea
Date of Death
11/02/1942
Age
23
Cemetery / Memorial
Rabaul Memorial Cemetery New Guinea
Medals
Air Gunners badge 1939-45 Star Pacific Star 1939-45 War medal
Notes

Previous service105th Bty.5th 2d Bgde No 4 Comp. Nth Command Signals. Plane was a Hudson Bomber A16-126 which took off from Gasmata airfield to attack Japanese shipping at Gasmata harbour in New Britain. The Hudson was shot down by the Japanese in a remote region of Papua New Guinea. Sixty-six years later in 2008, the wreckage of the plane was found by a missionary Mark Reichman in thick jungle on a ridge inland from the town of Gasmata. Four men were lost with the aircraft.

Posting on Death
23 Squadron Archerfield
NAA Status
DIGITIZED
1WAGS - COUTIE Barton Barton Irving - Service Number 405543 (NEW_edited-2)
1WAGS - COUTIE Barton Barton Irving - Service Number 405543 (NEW_edited-2)
1WAGS - COUTIE Barton Irving - Service Number 405543 (edited-1)

Acknowledgements

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