Sergeant Ronald Mark FOX

Service No: 3470
Born: Ganmain NSW, 10 March 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 6 June 1938 (at Point Cook VIC)
Unit: No. 6 Squadron, Goodenough Island, PNG
Died: Air Operations: (No. 6 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-517), New Britain, 28 March 1944, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Mark and Marion Fox, of Mordialloc, Victoria.
Roll of Honour: Brunswick VIC
Remembered: Panel 36, Rabaul Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Flying Officer Horry Wade came in low to do some strafing and was shot down (in the vicinity of Jacquinot Bay New Britain). He carried with him Alex Nash, DFM, one of the most experienced wireless men in the squadron.

Extract from 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 – Page 105

A9-517 was engaged in low level strafing when it was last seen, and the report provided in the NAA record considers it unlikely that the aircraft was shot down as no anti-aircraft fire was observed by other aircraft engaged in the attack. This report considers it likely that the aircraft struck the sea during a low level turn in failing light.

The crew members of A9-517 were:

Sergeant Ronald Mark Fox (3470) (Photographer)
Flight Sergeant Clive Douglas Grant (417070) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer James Alexander Nash DFM (410368) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Frank Arthur Penaluna (416887) (Observer)
Flying Officer Horace Milward Wade (415201) (Pilot)


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, 260

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