HARTY, William Francis Marcus

Plane was Mk.Xc Beaufighter of the 30 Sqn. RAAF which was on a ferry flight from Kamiri Strip, Noemfoor when it veered off the strip during takeoff hit a ditch and burst into flames. The pilot F/Off Porch and F/Sgt Harty [Navigator] were killed. Two passengers standing behind the pilot escaped with minor injuries.

Last Name
HARTY
Given Names
William Francis Marcus
Service Number
427196
Date of Birth
17/02/1922
Birth Location
Dublin Ireland
Enlistment Date
25/05/1942
Enlistment Location
Perth
1Wags Start Date
04/02/1943
Course Details
WAGS Course 35, Navigation Course 1
Intake Date
04/02/1943
Kill or Discharge Date
16/11/1944 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
30 SQN
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Operations
Flying accident New Guinea
Date of Death
16/11/1944
Age
22
Cemetery / Memorial
Lae War Cemetery Papua New Guinea
Notes

Plane was Mk.Xc Beaufighter of the 30 Sqn. RAAF which was on a ferry flight from Kamiri Strip, Noemfoor when it veered off the strip during takeoff hit a ditch and burst into flames. The pilot F/Off Porch and F/Sgt Harty [Navigator] were killed. Two passengers standing behind the pilot escaped with minor injuries.

Posting on Death
30 Squadron
NAA Status
OPEN
1WAGS - HARTY William Francis Marcus - Service Number 427196 (Photo_edited-1)

Acknowledgements

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