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Norman John Newall

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  • Title
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    Norman John AWMM
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    Newall AWMM
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    • NZ404401 AWMM
    • WWII 404401 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    Air Force AWMM
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    • NZ404401 AWMM
    • WWII 404401 AWMM
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    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

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    • Norman Newall was the son of Leonard Glover Newall and Rosina Agnes Newall, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand; husband of A. Newall, of Nelson, New Zealand. AWMM
    • Pilot of RNZAF 3 Squadron Locheed Hudson Mark III NZ 2054 based in the Pacific.

      Fellow crew members (all New Zealanders) :

      (1) Co-Pilot Sergeant Albert Patrick Mohony : RNZAF 41300 from Christchurch.
      (2) Observer Sergeant Henry William Manfred Downard : RNZAF 41315 from Auckland.
      (3) Wireless/Air Gunner Flight Sergeant David George Newlands : RNZAF 415910 of Canterbury (taken as POW of Japanese and later believed executed).
      (4) Wireless/Air Gunner Sergeant Richard Talbot Andrew : RNZAF 411289 - from Hawkes Bay.

      Mission History

      On December 18, 1942 took off from Henderson Field on Guadalcanal at 4:50am piloted by Flight Sergeant Norman John Newall on a patrol mission over enemy territory, and was not heard from again. The weather was good with 15/20 mile visibility and few scattered showers. It is unknown if this aircraft was lost to enemy fighters, anti-aircraft fire or other causes. Presumed to have been lost over Rekata Bay on Santa Isabel Island.

      Subsequent searches failed to find any trace of the aircraft or its crew. A U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) scout plane claimed to observe a crashed Hudson off Rekata Bay at 7:45.

      On August 5, 1945, PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4051 piloted by Smith took off from Halavo Bay Seaplane Base and landed at Rekata Bay. Crew members went ashore with a rubber raft and search for this aircraft and the remains of the crew. The team determined this Hudson had crashed two miles from Suavana Point and located the wreckage, but none of the crew or their remains.

      Jenny Scott adds:
      "My father was on a team that took PB2B-1 Catalina NZ4051 to Rekata Bay on August 5, 1945 to search for remains of NZ2054. Dad told me they found the aircraft but there was no sign of any human remains in the aircraft. The only other piece of information that I remember dad saying was that a swath was still visible through the jungle which the a/c apparently cut as it crashed - from this and the nature of the diving equipment I don't imagine it was too far from shore or too deep. I have met with the navigator on this trip, Graham Goss, and he agrees with this account."

      Fates of the Crew
      According to postwar accounts, three of the crew died in the crash. The others swam ashore and were captured by the Japanese. One was severely injured and died on the beach a few hours later and was buried near the scene of the crash. Newlands was transported via the Shortlands arriving at Rabaul during January 1943.

      The prisoners were imprisoned at the Rabaul POW Camp and seen by two other prisoners who survived the war and related his story. Later during 1943, prisoners including Newlands were taken from the camp and never seen again, likely executed. No trace of any of the crew have ever been found.

      Newall, Mahony, Downard and Andrew were officially declared dead on December 18, 1942. Newlands was officially declared dead on September 1, 1943. All are memorialized on Burail Memorial at Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery on panel 7. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 2 March 2019 - © Pacific Wrecks - Lockheed Hudson Mark III Serial Number NZ2054
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About death

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  • Death
    18 December 1942 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Pacific AWMM
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    Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM

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02 March 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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