RAAF Beaufighter 19-Jan-1942, conflicting information.

Living History

Can anyone help me with some clarification here?

I seem to have conflicting details for these two RAAF men:




14/08/42 1 AD.
08/09/42 31 Sqn.
19/01/43 Missing on operation over the Ossu Timor area.
Crew: Pilot WOFF Norman Leslie Thomas 407013 & Nav SGT Donald Laurie Van Nooten 13981.

1:These two men of 31 Squadron are listed online on the Australian war memorial, but Van Nooten’s cause of death says ‘accidental’ and Thomas’ says ‘aerial battle’, which seemed a bit odd.

2:The excerpt above I copied from ADF serials, as you see, simply lists the plane as ‘missing’.

3: CWGC has both men in Ambon war cemetery, in a joint grave.

Does this mean that their bodies were recovered later and buried together, and the causes of death are simply guesses?

I don’t suppose anyone has visited Ambon?

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