Flight Sergeant William Nicholas Pax COSGROVE

Service No: 400140
Born: Randwick NSW, 12 November 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1940 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 30 Squadron
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 30 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A19-74), Goodenough Island PNG, 11 August 1943, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John and Madeleine Stephanie Cosgrove; husband of Dorothy May Cosgrove, of Elsternwick, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 11 August 1943 Beaufighter A19-74 along with other aircraft was detailed to carry out an offensive sweep off the New Britain coast from Cape Orford to Awnl. At 0500 hours A19-74 crashed just after take-off, seven miles from the airstrip and between Vivigani and Bola Bola, Goodenough Island. Both the crew members were killed.

The crew members of A19-74 were:

Flight Sergeant William Nicholas Pax Cosgrove (400140) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Bernard Albert Le Griffon (3024) (Navigator Wireless)


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


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