Flight Lieutenant George Laurie PARK

Service No: 418562
Born: Essendon VIC, 12 February 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 May 1942
Unit: No. 100 Squadron, Tadji
Died: Air Operations: (No. 100 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-493), New Guinea, 2 April 1945, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George White Park and Emilie Park, of St. Kilda, Victoria; husband of Patricia Park, of Caulfield, Victoria.
Roll of Honour: St Kilda VIC
Remembered: Panel 6, Lae Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 105, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

No. 100 Squadron lost another two Beauforts (A9-493 and A9-667) in a mid-air collision on 2 April, shortly after the aircraft had taken off on a bombing mission. The aircraft, which crashed into the sea, were piloted by F-Lt’s I. H. Fielding (of Mentone, Vic) and E. E. Crisp (Boulder, WA). Wing Commander Hugh Augustine Conaghan (O387), who was leading the mission, ordered the remaining aircraft to return to base. Searches were made but, although wreckage was found, there was no sign of any survivor.

Extract from Odgers, G.J. (George James) (VX127783) Air War Against Japan 1943-1945, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1957 – Page 342

The crew members of A9-493 were:

Flight Lieutenant Eric Ernest Crisp (415620) (Pilot)
Flight Lieutenant Jack Thorpe Hughes (406748) (Observer)
Flight Lieutenant Cedric Alfred Venner Horne (415733) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant George Laurie Park (418562) (Wireless Air Gunner)

The crew members of A9-667 were:

Flight Lieutenant Ian Harris Fielding (409038) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Robert John Fletcher (428699) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant Robert Lambert (442351) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Graham Vass Manger (401984) (Navigator Bomb Aimer, Supernumerary)
Flying Officer Ernest Richard Negus (422872) (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 A9845, 249


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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