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    470422 - Unaccounted Airmen - 22 - 04 -194

    From Henk's List -

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA
    SMITH, John Cecil - LAC - 39183 - RAAF.
    Port Moresby ( Bomana ) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea.

    From CWGC -

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    BRIDGE, James - RNVR - Gloster's Development Test Pilot.
    Meteor F4 - Boosters - RA394.

    http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co...940&year2=1949


    https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=17475

    The two links give different dates for the crash, so a little confusing.


    [ There is a date of death for a James Bridge as 24th May,1947. So did this pilot die from injuries at the later date ?].
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    PAPUA NEW GUINEA.

    39183 LAC John Cecil SMITH RAAF.

    39183 LAC (D.M.T.) John Cecil SMITH RAAF (of RAAF Station, Port Moresby, PNG), was seriously injured 16 April, 1947 at the RAAF Marine Section, Port Moresby. He suffered 2nd degree burns to his face, arms, legs and chest due to a fire and explosion aboard Bomb Scow 010-28. LAC Smith RAAF was transferred to the European Hospital, Port Moresby, but succumbed to his injuries on 22 April, 1947.

    Cause of Death:
    (a) Extensive 2nd Degree burns to the body, limbs and face.
    (b) Toxic absorbtion and delayed shock.
    (c) Heart Failure.

    Previously, Smith had been an apprenticed jockey (4-years), in the Glenelg stables of J. M. Cummings, father of the "Cups" King, Bart Cummings. He had initially enlisted in the RAAF on 22 April, 1941, and was discharged on 1 March, 1945. He re-enlisted in the Interim RAAF on 27 August, 1946

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    BRIDGE, James - RNVR - Gloster's Development Test Pilot - the National Probate Calendar records that he died on April 22nd 1947 at Mopreton Valence. His death was reported in several newspapers at the time, including the Western Morning News of April 23rd,
    which reported:

    Jet Test Pilot Killed
    Mr. James Bridge, a test pilot, was killed yesterday while flying a Gloster Meteor jet plane at Moreton Valence aerodrome, ner Gloucester.


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