4 JUNE 1942
CRASH OF A WIRRAWAY

AT MACKAY, QLD

 

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WIrraway

 

Wirraway A20-494 crashed during a night takeoff from Mackay airfield in north Queensland on the 4th June 1942. It was flown by J M Davidson and Flt/Sgt Hodges. Both crew members survived the crash. They crashed into the dispersal bay at Mackay Airfield. Dean Davidson believes that the dispersal bay may have been somewhere near where the "piano keys" are now, on Runway 32 at Mackay Aifield.

The aircraft had engine trouble on the previous day when leaving Townsville for Cairns.

 


Photo via Dean Davidson

 


Photo via Dean Davidson

 


Photo via Dean Davidson

 


Photo via Dean Davidson

A20-494 crashed into the dispersal bay at Mackay Airfield.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

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

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to than Dean Davidson for his assistance with this web page.

 

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