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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192801
Last updated: 4 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII
Owner/operator:452 Sqn RAAF
Registration: A58-419
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Dyawboelaon, Ternate Island -   Indonesia
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On 13 January 1945 Group Captain Caldwell led twelve Spitfires of 452 Sqn RAAF in the strafing attack on targets on the north-western tip of Halmahera.

On the same day four other Spitfires of this squadron, taking off in the afternoon for an intruder patrol over Halmahera, strafed huts and a barge. Flight Sergeant Edmond MacLeod Stevenson (432589) who was flying as No 2 to W/O Byrne disappeared over Ternate Island. Byrne saw his aircraft, the Spitfire LF.VIII A58-419, off-shore near Dyawboelaon, Ternate Island, in shallow water with its tail visible but the pilot missing. Natives later supplied information on Stevensonís fate. He was taken prisoner to Forte Orange in Ternate town where he was put under guard.

After íMacísí disappearance a rescue mission was flown by a Catalina (with John Byrne on board) supported by two Beaufighters. When it was found that "Mac" was a prisoner, the Australian Army arranged a commando raid on the prison. In this raid a spitfire was very severely shot up but made it back to base. Unfortunately "Mac" had already been moved on from prison. Stevenson died in captivity on 14 April 1945.


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13-Jan-2017 09:47 Laurent Rizzotti Added

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