BATES Bernard Samuel 406513

LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Bernard Samuel BATES 

Service No: 406513
Born: Victoria Park WA, 22 March 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 January 1941
Unit: No. 13 Squadron, operating from Namlea
Died: Air Operations: (No. 13 Squadron Hudson aircraft A16-67), Manado, Celebes, 12 January 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Samuel and Beatrice Alice Bates, of Claremont, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Claremont WA
Remembered: Column 9, Ambon Memorial, Indonesia
Remembered: Panel 100, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

At dawn on 12th January the Allied air attacks on the enemy forces invading Celebes were resumed.   On their way to Menado five Hudsons from Namlea were intercepted by three enemy float-planes and five Zeros —the first of these Japanese fighters to be reported in the area.  The Zero pilots immediately turned the tables on the Hudson crews.  In unequal combat, the details of which were never recorded, the (No. 2 Squadron) aircraft piloted by Flight Lieutenant Parker Henry Russell Hodge (451) and Flying Officer Peter Creighton Gorrie (407168) were both shot down from between 6,000 and 10,000 feet.  Two other Hudsons, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Sattler (260510) and Flight Lieutenant Arthur Robert Barton (270525), failed to return and their crews were later listed as “presumed lost”.  The only aircraft of the flight to return was that piloted by Flight Lieutenant Robert Wylie Burns Cuming (200540) who reported having seen the Hudsons flown by Hodge and Gorrie shot down. When, half an hour later, those captained by Sattler and Barton had not returned, permission was given to the base operators to break wireless silence in an endeavour to call them up. There was a prompt reply, in good signals procedure, informing the base that the pilots had no message for them. That reply, if in fact it did come from either of the two missing crews, was the last the squadron heard of them.

Extract from Gillison, D.N. (Douglas Napier) (254475) Royal Australian Air Force 1939-1942, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1962 – Page 307

The crew members of A16-67 were:

Flight Lieutenant Arthur Robert Barton (270525) (Pilot)
Sergeant Bernard Samuel Bates (406513) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Samuel William Clifford (677) (Second Pilot)
Sergeant John Lake Mills (407106) (Wireless Air Gunner)

No. 2 Squadron lost Hudson A16-46 (Flight Lieutenant Parker Henry Russell Hodge (451) (Pilot)) on 12 January 1942.

No. 2 Squadron lost Hudson A16-12 (Flying Officer Peter Creighton Gorrie (407168) (Pilot)) on 12 January 1942.

No. 13 Squadron Hudson lost A16-7 (Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Sattler (260510) (Pilot)) on 12 January 1942.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/90/220

Bibliography:

Bennett, J. (John William) Highest Traditions: the history of No. 2 Squadron RAAF, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1995
Gaston, Bruce DFC (406646), Harry Horner DFC OAM (406595), Raymond Storer (406666) (Editors), Aircrew for the Duration: of and by members of RAAF EATS Courses 10, 11, 12 & 13, Gaston Horner and Storer, Nedlands WA, 1990
Grantham, S. R.  (Sidney Richard) (6590) The 13 Squadron Story, S.R. Grantham, Dee Why NSW 2099, 1991
Vincent, D. (David) The RAAF Hudson Story Book 1, D. Vincent Highbury SA 5089, 1989
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Anson, Hudson and Sunderland in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992