BATE, Alfred Vincent Eric

Plane was a DAP Beaufort A9-660 which took off from 5 Mile Drome near Port Moresby escorting P-40N Kittyhawk A29-649 on a non-operational ferry flight bound for Tadi Airfield. Both aircraft disappeared and declared MIA. During the early 1960's the wreckage of the Beaufort was located on a mountain ridge N.E of Myola. The remains of the eight crew were recovered and buried in the Bomana War Cemetery.

Last Name
BATE
Given Names
Alfred Vincent Eric
Service Number
431161
Date of Birth
30/04/1913
Birth Location
Mildura VIC.
Enlistment Date
01/06/1943
Enlistment Location
Melbourne
1Wags Start Date
14/10/1943
Course Details
WAGS Course 44
Intake Date
14/10/1943
Finish Date
28/04/1944
To
AGS
Kill or Discharge Date
28/01/1945 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
7 SQN
Rank
Flying Officer
Operations
Flying accident New Guinea
Date of Death
28/01/1945
Age
31
Cemetery / Memorial
Port Moresby Bomana War Cemetery
Notes

Plane was a DAP Beaufort A9-660 which took off from 5 Mile Drome near Port Moresby escorting P-40N Kittyhawk A29-649 on a non-operational ferry flight bound for Tadi Airfield. Both aircraft disappeared and declared MIA. During the early 1960's the wreckage of the Beaufort was located on a mountain ridge N.E of Myola. The remains of the eight crew were recovered and buried in the Bomana War Cemetery.

Posting on Death
7 Squadron
NAA Status
OPEN
1WAGS - BATE Alfred Vincent Eric - Service Number 431161 (edited-2)

Acknowledgements

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