CRASH OF THREE WACKETTS
IN MARYBOROUGH AREA, QLD
ON ABOUT 19 FEBRUARY 1944

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NOT TO BE SHOT AT OR EXPORTED
An airman's Letters Home 1942-1945
By Leslie Harold Sullivan
Winner of the 1994 Heritage Award

From 3 WAGS "Prangsborough" 19 February 1944

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Result of Wackett collision with farm gate-post after forced-landing, in Mary River area

19 FEBRUARY 1944
Well, they must have listened to our complaints as we now work two shifts from 5.30 a.m. - 12 noon and from 11.45 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.  We have had several more crashes, fortunately none being fatal, one down near the mouth of the Mary River which ended up rammimg into a farm gatepost and the other a forced landing on the beach down at The Bay.  Another landed back at the 'drome with one cylinder blown off the radial engine and hanging on by the spark plug leads. The Wacketts are really clapped out and more dangerous to fly than in operations.  I am not looking for flips in them any more.

 

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