BATES, Bernard Samuel

Previous service 35th Fortress Co. Plane was a Lockheed Hudson A16-67 which took off from Namlea, Boeroe Island, Dutch East Indies together with another Hudson to attack Japanese invasion force ships at the island of Celebes. Ahead of them were another three Hudsons of No. 2 Sqd. on the same operation. The aircraft were attacked by Japanese Zero fighters and A16-17 of the 13th Sqd disappeared, no wreckage was ever found.

Last Name
BATES
Given Names
Bernard Samuel
Service Number
406513
Date of Birth
22/03/1917
Birth Location
Victoria Park W.A.
Enlistment Date
06/01/1941
Enlistment Location
Perth
1Wags Start Date
06/02/1941
Course Details
WAGS Course 10
Intake Date
06/02/1941
Finish Date
26/07/1941
Kill or Discharge Date
12/01/1942 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
13 SQN Darwin
Rank
Sergeant
Operations
Flying battle Ambon Indonesia Laha N.E.I.
Date of Death
12/01/1942
Age
24
Cemetery / Memorial
Ambon Memorial Indonesia
Notes

Previous service 35th Fortress Co. Plane was a Lockheed Hudson A16-67 which took off from Namlea, Boeroe Island, Dutch East Indies together with another Hudson to attack Japanese invasion force ships at the island of Celebes. Ahead of them were another three Hudsons of No. 2 Sqd. on the same operation. The aircraft were attacked by Japanese Zero fighters and A16-17 of the 13th Sqd disappeared, no wreckage was ever found.

Posting on Death
13 Squadron
NAA Status
OPEN USB

Acknowledgements

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