Corporal Bernard Leo DUGGAN

Service No: 62239
Born: Hobart TAS, 5 August 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 25 March 1942 (at Sydney NSW)
Unit: No. 71 Wing Headquarters
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 100 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-480), Goodenough Island, 5 March 1944, Aged 30 Years
Buried: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Edward and Gertrude Maud Duggan; husband of Rita Muriel Duggan, of Kensington, New South Wales.
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Beaufort aircraft A9-480 crashed after takeoff at Vivigani Airfield on 5 March 1944 killing all on board. Those on board were:

Corporal Bernard Leo Duggan (63239) (No. 71 Wing) (Cameraman) (Supernumerary)
Flying Officer Frederick William Spencer Easton (429240) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant James Sharpe Hamersley (415140) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Alexander Peter Potts (402094) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Leonard Wiblin (419411) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)


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 A9845, 259


Graham, B. (Burton) and Frank Smyth, A Nation Grew Wings: The Story of the RAAF Beaufort Squadrons in New Guinea, Winterset House Publishers Melbourne VIC, 1946
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990

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