CRASH OF A LIBERATOR
NEAR AMBERLEY, QLD
ON 14 SEPTEMBER 1945

 

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B-24 Liberator

 

RAAF B-24J Liberator, A72-313, ex USAAF No. #44-28125, of 99 Squadron RAAF crashed near Amberley in Queensland mid afternoon on 14 September 1945. Five crew members were killed. The cause of the crash was unknown.

Flight Lieutenant G.A. Hendy was in A72-313 supervising the pilot and co-pilot on a pilot check-flight. The pilot and co-pilot had not flown a Liberator for quite some time. The Liberator lifted off earlier than the normal take-off distance. Not long after take-off No. 2 propeller 'ran away' and was subsequently feathered for a short time before it was restarted. As this was happening the aircraft yawed dramatically to the right. The undercarriage was retracted and then lowered again and then raised again as the B-24 circled around Amberley airfield slowly losing height. It was dangerously low when it was 8 kilometres from the runway. Some local framers watched as it approached an area of trees. Its undercarriage and flaps were raised as it turned to starboard in a shallow descent. Then all the engines suddenly stopped, and the nose dived down by about 70 degrees and crashed amongst the trees at 3:43pm. It caught fire killing all five crew on board as follows:-

F/Lt George Allen Hendy (401441)
F/O Raymond Frank Pullin (411050)
F/O James Harold Mutton (34046)
Sgt George Alfred Dureau (13926)
F/Sgt Vincent John Quinn (437876)

 

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Wreckage of A72-313 near Amberley

 

A72-313 had been delivered to the RAAF on 21 April 1945. After the crash it was converted to components.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

"Tocumwal to Tarakan"
"Australians and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator"
by Michael V. Nelmes

 

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