26 JUNE 1942
CRASH OF WIRRAWAY A20-84

 

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Wirraway

 

Wirraway A20-84 of 24 Squadron crashed and burnt out on Mount Louisa on 26 June 1942. The 2 crew, Gledhill and Gould were buried at the Townsville War Cemetery.

The above crash is described in Rod Cardell's book about the Stock Route airstrip which was located where Dalrymple Road now runs:-

"Wings Around Us" Page 74
At 1508 hours on 26th June 1942, Wirraway A20-84 crashed into Mount Louisa, some two miles from the R.A.A.F. Station at Garbutt, killing both of the crew.   The point of impact so described would place it on the North-easterly tip of Mount Louisa, but I was not aware of the  crash where I lived.  Those killed were Pilot Officer T.H. Gledhill [GD] 408838 the Pilot and Sgt. C.R. Gould 210009, the Wireless Operator/Gunner.  The following month 24 Squadron transferred to Bankstown in New South Wales.

 

SOURCE:-   Aircraft Crash Sites - Australia

Crash:         No. 247

Position:     19.16 - 146.43

Department of Aviation Chart No:       3219

 

REFERENCE BOOK

"Diary of WWII - North Queensland"
Complied by Peter Nielsen

"Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"
By Geoffrey Pentland & Peter Malone

 

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