Sergeant Charles Ronald NAPIER

Service No: 420247
Born: Leichardt NSW, 19 March 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1941
Unit: No. 22 Squadron, Ward’s Strip PNG
Died: Air Operations: Advance to Buna (No. 22 Squadron Boston aircraft A28-22), Buna Airstrip PNG, 26 November 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Charles William and Alice Maude Napier, of Leichhardt, New South Wales
Roll of Honour: Leichardt NSW
Remembered: Panel 9, Port Moresby Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 101, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Leichardt Memorial, Leichardt NSW

While on a bombing and strafing mission over Buna airfield on 26 November 1942, Boston A28-22 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and exploded and its three crew members were killed. Those crew members were:

Squadron Leader Kenneth Roy McDonald (250430) (Pilot)
Sergeant Charles Ronald Napier (420247) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Thomas Edward O’Neill (407451) (Wireless Air Gunner)


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, 163/147/344
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Boston, Mitchell and Liberator in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1992

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