CRASH OF A WIRRAWAY
NEAR ROCKHAMPTON

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Wirraway

Wirraway, A20-146, of 4 Squadron RAAF crashed near Rockhampton in about mid December 1941.  It was piloted by Peter Masters.

Apparently they got lost and ran out of fuel. They came in for a forced-landing but "As I did this, my dear old Pratt and Whitney Wasp engine spluttered and stopped, and I put the nose down. By a miracle of circumstance, we hit a five-wire fence with our wheels, then hit a horse with one wing and a cow with the other, before plunging into a creek bed on our belly."

The aircraft was written off.

Peter Masters has written a book called "Born Lucky", which sells for $19.95 (132 pages). It is published by Seaview Press, PO Box 234, Henley Beach, SA, 5022.  (seaview@seaviewpress.com.au)

 

E-mails from John Moremon

 

REFERENCE BOOK

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

 

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