|Aircraft Model:||Consolidated B-24L-5-CO Liberator|
|Name / Nose Art:||OLD NICK|
|Units:||No. 24 Squadron, RAAF|
No. 7 Operational Training Unit, RAAF
|6 October 1944||Received by No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex USA.|
|12 October 1944||Received by No. 7 Aircraft Depot, RAAF.|
|24 October 1944||Received by No. 7 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.|
|5 December 1944||Received by No. 24 Squadron, RAAF.|
|23 March 1945||Crashed into Vansittart Bay, WA, after taking off from Truscott Aerodrome.|
Pilot: S/Ldr NATHANIEL HERBERT STRAUS, RAAF 250759 (Killed)
2nd Pilot: F/Sgt HARRY JAMES BOYD, RAAF 427775 (Missing)
Navigator: F/O RAYMOND ALLENBY WHITING, RAAF 426733 (Missing)
Bombardier: F/Lt CHARLES DAVID PARRY-OKEDEN, RAAF 404485 (Killed)
1st Wireless Operator: F/O JOHN WILSON HURSTHOUSE, RAAF 416215 (Missing)
2nd Wireless Operator: W/O WILLIAM RICHARD FLANAGAN, RAAF 401748 (Missing)
Air Gunner: W/O HERBERT GORDON PARKER, RAAF 408591 (Missing)
Air Gunner: F/Sgt JOHN RICHMOND RYAN, RAAF 422716 (Missing)
Air Gunner: F/Sgt WILLIAM ANTHONY JORDON RODGERS, RAAF 436889 (Killed)
Air Gunner: Sgt ALEXANDER DOUGLAS WHITEHEAD, RAAF 121592 (Missing)
Flight Engineer: F/Sgt RONALD MALCOLM MORRIS, RAAF 46563 (Missing)
Passenger: Cpl DOUGLAS WILLIAM MADDEN, RAAF 36484 (Missing)
|No. 24 Squadron, RAAF:|
|31 December 1944||DAR 19/1-3||21:30/Z||08:45/Z||F/Lt Ford and Crew||Shipping recce from TRUSCOTT over the following tracks TRUSCOTT to:-|
(a) CAPE DEWA (B) CAPE KOERAWG (C) TRUSCOTT.
|4 January 1945||FEN 26/3||20:40/Z||08:50/Z||F/Lt Court and Crew||To carry out Search "I".|
|9 January 1945||DAR 41/13-18||21:00/Z||08:35/Z||F/O Frecker and Crew||Strike at 1 Gun Position LOMBOK.|
|17 January 1945||FEN 30/1||19:35/Z||08:47/Z||F/O Frecker and Crew||To carry out Search "G".|
|20 January 1945||FEN 42/2||20:47/Z||07:47/Z||F/Lt Williams and Crew||To carry out Search "H".|
|11 February 1945||FEN 22-3||21:00/Z||10:20/Z||F/Lt Court||To carry out Search "I".|
|13 February 1945||FEN 28-2||21:00/Z||09:58/Z||F/Lt Ford||To carry out Search "H".|
|24 February 1945||FEN 19-3||20:58/Z||08:47/Z||F/Lt Court and Crew||To carry out Search "I".|
|27 February 1945||FEN 28-3||21:38/Z||08:18/Z||F/Lt Beattie DFM||To carry out Search "I".|
|1 March 1945||FEN.35-9||21:03/Z||08:43/Z||F/O Harrison and Crew||To carry out Search "H".|
|7 March 1945||Fen 8-4||19:51/Z||08:48/Z||F/Lt Court and Crew||To carry out Search "H".|
|10 March 1945||Fen 17-1||21:00/Z||08:21/Z||S/Ldr Straus and Crew||To carry out Search "G".|
|13 March 1945||Fen 27-2||20:55/Z||10:03/Z||F/Lt Kilgariff and Crew||To carry out Search "H".|
|15 March 1945||Fen 36-7||21:15/Z||09:06/Z||F/Lt Court and Crew||To carry out Armed Shipping Recce.|
|20 March 1945||Fen 2-6||21:05/Z||09:30/Z||F/Lt Court and Crew||To carry out Search "H".|
|22 March 1945||Fen 7-1||21:20/Z||S/Ldr Straus and Crew||To carry out Armed Shipping Recce.|
Dunn, P. 2015 Crash of a B-24 Liberator into Vansittart Bay, WA. Australia @ War. Retrieved 10 May 2018 from <https://www.ozatwar.com/ozcrashes/wa06.htm>.
National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Aircraft status cards - Liberator A72-1 to A72-13, A72-31 to A72-99, A10297, BLOCK 404.
National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1960, FLANAGAN, William Richard - (Warrant Officer); Service Number - 401748; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Liberator A72-80; Place - Bali Island, Netherlands East Indies; Date - 23 March 1945, A705, 166/13/426.
National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1960, RAAF Unit History sheets (Form A50) [Operations Record Book - Forms A50 and A51] Number 24 Squadron Jun 40 - Dec 60, A9186, 51.
Pacific Wrecks 2018 B-24L-5-CO "Old Nick" Serial Number A72-80. Retrieved 10 May 2018 from <https://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-24/A72-80.html>.
Tigwell, C. 2016 RAAF A72 Consolidated B-24D/J/L/M Liberator. ADF Serials. Retrieved 1 April 2017 from <http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a72.htm>.
Record updated on 10 May 2018.
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