World War Two Veteran

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DRAKES, STEWART IAN




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Born: 2 Apr 1924
Place Of Birth: LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND
Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number: 427073
Date Of Enlistment: 20 May 1942
Next Of Kin: DRAKES, BENJAMIN
Rank: Flight Sergeant


Stuart Ian Drakes from Busselton, WA, Flight Sergeant RAAF 89 Sqn,Service No. 427073, enlisted 1942, aged 19 years.  Killed in action 15 November 1943 during flying battle in New Guinea. November 1943. It crashed into sea near Kawa Island, New Guinea after making a torpedo attack on Japanese shipping near Rabaul Harbour, New Guinea

On 18 March 2001, fifty-seven years later, the wreck of their Bristol Beaufort aircraft was found by skin-divers on the sandy ocean floor at , 80 kilometres west of the Trobriand Group of islands, Papua New Guinea.  The remains of the crew of four were found in the wreckage, together with their identity tags.




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