Warrant Officer Neville ABBOTT

Service No: 420513
Born: Glebe NSW, 5 December 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 November 1841
Unit: No. 30 Squadron
Died: Air Operations (No. 30 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A19-185), Kairiru Strait area PNG, 13 July 1944, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Lae War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Robert Fletcher Abbott and Alice Abbott; husband of Grace Emily Abbott, of Darlinghurst, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 13 July 1944, Beaufighter A19-185 was one of five aircraft in three flights detailed to carry out an offensive barge sweep from Dandriwad River to Muschu Island, New Guinea. A19-185 took off from Tadji at 0328 hours. At 0400 hours Flight Lieutenant Sandford in A19-179 called A19-195 on the radio to join in an attack on a barge in the Kairiru Strait. Several attacks were made and at 0430 hours, A19-185 was instructed to cover the area until daylight but A19-185 failed to return from the mission.

The crew members of A19-195 were:

Warrant Officer Neville Abbott (420513) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Harold Ivo McKensey Baldock (412095) (Pilot)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/3/256; A9845, 21


Parnell, N.M. (Neville M.) Whispering Death: A history of the RAAF’s Beaufighter Squadrons, AH & AW Reed, Terry Hills NSW, 1980
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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