Squadron Leader Gordon Keith FENTON

Service No: 250666
Born: Carlton VIC, 21 October 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 8 January 1940
Unit: No. 30 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 30 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft A19-146), Boram airstrip PNG, 13 July 1944, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Lae War Cemetery PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Herbert Francis and Henrietta Fenton; husband of Shirley Patricia Fenton, of East St. Kilda, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 102, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 13 July 1944, Beaufighter A19-146 was one of a formation of five aircraft arranged in three flights, detailed to carry out an offensive barge sweep from Dandriwad River to the Muschu Island area, New Guinea. A19-146 took off from Tadji at 0535 hours, and at about 0645 hours the Navigator of A19-164 saw a large explosion on the western end of the Boram airstrip and an inspection from the air showed a crashed aircraft burning. At 1000 hours another search from the air, the tail of the wrecked aircraft still standing and the aircraft number A19-146 clearly seen. Both the crew members were killed instantly in the crash.

The crew members of A19-146 were:

Squadron Leader Gordon Keith Fenton (250666) (Pilot)
Pilot Officer Rowland Clifton Nelson (433533) (Navigator)


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, 1667/13/266; A9845, 10


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