MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES
IN VICTORIA
DURING WW2 YEARS

Crashes, mishaps, prangs, crash landings and missing aircraft

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10 Worst Aircraft Crashes in Australia

 

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NOTE - The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) was retitled as the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) on 20 June 1941.

Did you know that there were at least 366 aircraft crashes in Victoria during World War 2?

"You won't have any trouble finding your way to Darwin. Just follow the trail of crashed Kittyhawks, you can't go wrong."

The words of the Corporal in charge of the refuelling crew at Cloncurry in November 1942.

 

Victorian Aircraft Crash Research
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DATE LOCATION SERVICE AIRCRAFT SERIAL NO.
Unknown Port Philip Bay RAAF? Walrus or Seagull ?
Unknown Port Philip Bay RAAF Wirraway A20-718
Unknown Wilsons Promontory, near Picnic Lookout, Darby River area ? ? ?
Uknown Laverton USAAF P-40E #41-5606
abt Feb 39 Laverton RAAF Avro Anson A4-33 (hit flares during night landing)
abt Feb 39 between Laverton & Pearce RAAF Avro Anson N1336 (forced landing)
abt May 39 Laverton RAAF Avro Anson A4-17 (hit hangar on landing). See other crash listed (in abt June 1938, may be the same one?
2 May 39 Hobsons Bay (Port Phillip Bay) RAAF Avro Anson A4-11 (descended through thick fog into bay)
abt Aug 39 possibly Fisherman's Bend or Laverton? RAAF Wirraway A20-6 or A20-8
abt Sep 39 Laverton RAAF Avro Anson N1333 (Port undercarriage collapsed)
abt Oct 39 Laverton RAAF Avro Anson A4-48 (Overshot & hit fence)
26 Oct 39 near Warburton RAAF Supermarine Seagull A2-7
16 May 40 Mount Torbreck near Eildon RAAF Avro Anson A4-4, call sign BNA
8 Jul 1940 in sea off Point Cook RAAF DH-94 Moth Minor A21-11
14 Oct 40 Gormandale RAAF Vega Gull A32-1
14 Dec 40 5 miles east of Cressy RAAF Moth Minor A21-10
26 Dec 40 at or near Ballarat RAAF Avro Anson R3528
F/O P.C. Burden
13 Mar 41 Werribee RAAF Avro Anson K8713 of 1 SFTS
F/O G.K. Fenton
6 Oct 41 Swimashore Bay, Wilson's Promontory RAAF Wirraway A20-189
abt Nov 41 Fishermen's Bend CAC CA4 Woomera later designated A23-1001
11 Dec 41 Goomalibee Park near Benalla RAAF Tiger Moth A17-129,  2 killed
abt 1942 Fishermen's Bend USAAF Kittyhawk ?
abt 1942 Fishermen's Bend USAAF Kittyhawk ?
25 Jan 42 A Melbourne airfield USAAF Kittyhawk? 1 killed
28 Jan 42 In the sea at the mouth of Werribee River RAAF Tiger Moth A17-74
29 Jan 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle K7649 of 3 BAGS, belly landed after engine failure
29 Jan 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle K7687 of 3 BAGS, forced landing due to fumes in cockpit from hydraulic leak
abt Feb 42 Laverton USAAF P-39 Airacobra #41-7120
13 Feb 42 East Sale RAAF Fairey Battle K9232, of 3 BAGS, starboard oleo collapsed on landing
3 Mar 42 near Mallacoota RAAF Avro Anson W2372 of GRS, crash landed
10 Mar 42 Aberfeldy, 14 miles NNE of Walhalla in the Mount Baw Baw area USAAC P-40 Warhawk #41-5526, 1 killed
11 Mar 42 Corio Bay, 1 mile south of Kirk Point RAAF Avro Anson W 2369
14 Mar 42 Lake Glenmaggie, East Gippsland, approx 5 kms north of Heyfield RAAF Wirraway A20-404
20 Mar 42 Laverton RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-33 (#41-5518)
21 Mar 42 Wooloomanata RAAF Wackett trainer A3-156, 2 killed
26 Mar 42 corner of Gatwick and Stephenson Rd. in Kilsyth RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-139
26 Mar 42 Laverton Airfield RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-168
4 Apr 42 Bengwarden masthead bombing range RAAF Beaufort A9-51
8 Apr 42 East Sale RAAF Fairey Battle L5049 of 3 BAGS, struck Oxford HN273 (see below) while taxiing after brake cable broke
8 Apr 42 East Sale RAAF Oxford HN273, hit by Fairey Battle L5049 (see above)
15 Apr 42 Christmas Hills, near Yarra Glen, Dandenong Range RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-151
20 Apr 42 On a road near West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle K9442
4 May 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle K9232 of 3 BAGS, Forced landing with wheels up
11 May 42 Into bay 2 miles SW of Point Cook RAAF Airspeed Oxford XF 687
12 May 42 12 miles west of Taggerty RAAF Wirraway A20-592
13 May 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L4998 of 3 BAGS, skidded bogged in trench while taxiing
18 May 42 beside Kilmany rubbish dump RAAF Bristol Beaufort A9-3
18 May 42 Essendon airfield USAAF LB-30 Liberator AL508, at least 1 killed
21 May 42 Eversley, Mount Cole RAAF Avro Anson W2020, 4 killed
abt Jun/Jul 42 Laverton RAAF Brewster Buffalo A51-4
9 Jun 42 Near Lake Reeve (via Long Point on the Ninety Mile Beach) RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-39, 4 killed
18 Jun 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle P6642 of 3 BAGS, wheels up landing
22 Jun 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle K9442 of 3 BAGS, Taxiing accident on soft ground
25 Jun 42 3 miles south of Bairnsdale RAAF Fairey Battle L5751
25 Jun 42 Werribee RAAF Boomerang A46-1
26 Jun 42 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-22
29 Jun 42 Dutson Bombing and Gunnery Range east of West Sale RAAF Hawker Demon A1-26
30 Jun 42 near Dutson Bombing and Gunnery Range east of West Sale RAAF Hawker Demon A1-59
1 Jul 42 Mount Stanley USAAF Brewster Buffalo 1 killed
3 Jul 42 near Bairnsdale RAAF Hawker Demon A1-1
5 Jul 42 Bairnsdale airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-69
7 Jul 42 near Dutson Bombing and Gunnery Range east of West Sale RAAF Hawker Demon A1-27
8 Jul 42 At Tallarook in the Laverton area RAAF Brewster Buffalo A51-2
9 Jul 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5061 of 3 BAGS, damaged in wheels up landing after engine failure
12 Jul 42 Arthurs Seat, Dromana RAAF Beaufort A9-64
14 Jul 42 out of Essendon airport USAAF ? ?
14 Jul 42 Laverton RAAF Beaufighter A19-25
15 Jul 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle K7622 of 3 BAGS, attempted wheels up landing after engine failure
23 Jul 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5215 of 3 BAGS, tipped on nose after attempting forced landing on boggy ground
5 Aug 42 Mount Disappointment, north of Whittlesea RAAF Beaufighter A19-12
7 Aug 42 Unknown? RAAF Beaufort A9-35
7 Aug 42 Unknown? RAAF Beaufort A9-39
18 Aug 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle P6762 of 3 BAGS, Wheels up landing
25 Aug 42 10 miles north of Conargo RAAF Wackett Trainer A3-84
27 Aug 42 5 miles NW of Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-85, collided with A9-88 (see below)
27 Aug 42 5 miles NW of Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-88, collided with A9-85 (see above)
27 Aug 42 Bairnsdale airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-77
1 Sep 42 Port Philip Bay area RAAF Spitfire BS187
1 Sep 42 2 miles NW of Lakes Entrance RAAF Fairey Battle L5644
8 Sep 42 near Dutson Bombing and Gunnery Range east of West Sale RAAF Hawker Demon A1-44
9 Sep 42 Essendon airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-53
12 Sep 42 Between Bairnsdale and Flinders Island RAAF Beaufort A9-28
16 Sep 42 1 mile south of Seaspray RAAF Fairey Battle L9375
27 Sep 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5031 of 3 BAGS, overshot emergency strip & hit tree stump
29 Sep 42 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-1
abt Oct 42 near Laverton RAAF Beaufort A9-34
abt Oct 42 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-86
2 Oct 42 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-73
2 Oct 42 near Lake Victoria, Lakes Entrance RAAF Beaufort A9-61
2 Oct 42 Bairnsdale area RAAF Beaufort A9-49
3 Oct 42 3 miles NW of Bairnsdale airfield RAAF Fairey Battle L5704
5 Oct 42 Gifford strip RAAF Fairey Battle L5050 of 3 BAGS, forced landing on one wheel, fuselage holed by tree stump
11 Oct 42 Between Bairnsdale and Flinders Island RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-16
14 Oct 42 Laverton RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-224, 13 Squadron
16 Oct 42 ? RAAF Beaufort A9-74
18 Oct 42 East Sale RAAF Fairey Battle N2256 of 3 BAGS, struck pyrotechnics hut while landing
20 Oct 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5653 of AGS, force landed after partial engine failure
22 Oct 42 2 miles south of West Sale RAAF Fairey Battle L9219 of 3 BAGS, aircraft crashed, all crew baled out, Sgt R. Rosevear (412701), LAC H.H. Shortbridge (421515), and LAC F. Sinclair (418188)
2 Nov 42 Mallacoota RAAF Avro Anson DG919 of 67 Squadron, ran off runway where 3 bombs exploded, 3 killed
7 Nov 42 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-57
7 Nov 42 near Marlo RAAF Beaufort A9-5
8 Nov 42 Gifford strip (Giffard?) RAAF Fairey Battle L4975 of 3 BAGS, force landed
14 Nov 42 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-72
17 Nov 42 5 miles ENE of Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-5
25 Nov 42 Mallacoota Airfield RAAF Douglas DC-2 A30-10
abt Dec 42 into Port Phillip Bay RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-75 (BS187)
1 Dec 42 Mildura RAAF Kittyhawk A29-1
15 Dec 42 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle P6677 of 3 BAGS, undercarriage collapsed during landing
31 Dec 42 Brewster, near Beaufort RAAF Wackett Trainer A3-59, 2 killed
19 Sep 1943 North Shore of Victorian Lagoon between Lake Victoria and Lake Wellington RAAF Airspeed Oxford BG-119
abt Jan 43 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-82 (#41-25110)
4 Jan 43 Kilmany RAAF Fairey Battle V1237 of 3 BAGS, forced landing
6 Jan 43 17 miles from Mildura RAAF Wirraway ?, 2 killed
11 Jan 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-160
11 Jan 43 off Victorian coast RAAF Beaufort A9-67
14 Jan 43 Mildura RAAF Kittyhawk A29-1
15 Jan 43 5 miles south west of Kilmore RAAF CA4 Woomera A23-1001
21 Jan 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-121
21 Jan 43 Koorlong RAAF CA-8 Wirraway A20-277 was struck by A20-349, 1 killed
21 Jan 43 Koorlong RAAF CA-8 Wirraway A20-349 Collided with A20-277, see above, 2 killed
23 Jan 43 1 mile west of You Yangs RAAF Airspeed Oxford BM712, 3 killed, collied with Airspeed Oxford X7115 (below)
23 Jan 43 1 mile west of You Yangs RAAF Airspeed Oxford X7115, collided with Airspeed Oxford BM712 (above)
24 Jan 43 Mildura RAAF Kittyhawk A29-82, 1 killed
27 Jan 43 East Sale RAAF Fairey Battle N2096 of 3 BAGS, belly landed in ploughed field after engine failed on take-off, Sgt R.P. Stevens (414110) & LAC R.E. McKenna (417270)
28 Jan 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5659 of AGS, damaged in forced landing after engine failure, crashed through fence, Sgt. C.R. Brown (411282) and LAC N.W. Atherton (53807)
1 Feb 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-155
1 Feb 43 West Sale Gunnery Range? RAAF Fairey Battle L5129 of 3 BAGS, force landed on range
7 Feb 43 in sea off Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-70
10 Feb 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle P6677 of 3 BAGS, forced landing after engine failure
15 Feb 43 4 miles east of Yatpool RAAF Spitfire BR-238, A58-16
abt Mar 43 near Laverton RAAF Beaufort A9-15
abt Mar 43 Laverton RAAF P-40K Kittyhawk A29-170 (#42-10184)
2 Mar 43 2 miles north of Letts Beach (now called Golden Beach) RAAF Fairey Battle V1241
5 Mar 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-47
9 Mar 43 in Lake Victoria RAAF Beaufort A9-41
9 Mar 43 8 miles north of  Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-6
9 Mar 43 10 miles SE of Woodside RAAF Beaufort A9-16
9 Mar 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5129 of 3 BAGS, force landed after engine failure
12 Mar 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-104
12 Mar 43 Bairnsdale? RAAF Avro Anson DG697 from GRS, struck fence with starboard tailplane & wing after groundlooping to avoid a fence, P/O D.A.W. Shepard, P/O J.T. Griffin, P/O M.A. Larkin & F/Sgt. N. Clarkson
15 Mar 43 7 miles from Swan Reach RAAF Beaufort A9-81
17 Mar 43 400 metres from shore of Lake Corangamite near Colac RAAF Wirraway A20-405
18 Mar 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-17
19 Mar 43 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-1
21 Mar 43 On Lake Reeve, 1 mile south west of Letts Beach Air Range RAAF Fairey Battle V1250
22 Mar 43 6 miles from Tooleybuc, near Swan Hill RAAF Kittyhawk A29-57, #41-13524
1 Apr 43 8 miles east of Shepparton at Pine Lodge RAAF Wirraway A20-311, 1 killed
9 Apr 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Beaufort A9-153
12 Apr 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle N2065 of 3 BAGS, Force landed after engine failure
13 Apr 43 Yarrara, near Mildura RAAF P40-E Kittyhawk A29-119 (#41-35933), 1 killed
16 Apr 43 Letts Beach RAAF Fairey Battle K9442 of 3 BAGS, collided with tree during forced landing
22 Apr 43 On beach 5 miles south of Paynesville RAAF Tiger Moth A17-65
26 Apr 43 King Island area RAAF Beaufort A9-304, 4 killed
27 Apr 43 into Lake King, 2 miles of Paynesville RAAF Avro Anson N1336 of GRS, foce landed
27 Apr 43 Laverton RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-214, 1 killed
29 Apr 43 4 miles south of Laverton RAAF Beaufort A9-83
29 Apr 43 Gordon's Gully near Healesville RAAF P-43 Republic Lancer A56-7, 1 killed
abt May 43 Victoria? RAAF CA-14 Boomerang A46-1001
6 May 43 In sea near Ocean Grange, 8 miles SE of Paynesville RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-113
9 May 43 A hill in Black Forest, two miles west of Mount Macedon RAAF Avro Anson DG826, 3 killed
11 May 43 Lakes Entrance RAAF Avro Anson AX425
12 May 43 Seaspray RAAF Fairey Battle L5772 of AGS, ran into creek after emergency landing
12 May 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5764 of 3 BAGS, pilot executed a voluntary landing in drogue dropping field and ran into creek, Sgt A.R. Proudfoot (412266) & Cpl J.H. Chapman (119716)
12 May 43 In sea 5 miles SW of Seaspray RAAF Airspeed Oxford BM-711, 3 killed
13 May 43 8 miles north east of Nhill RAAF Avro Anson W2574, 5 killed
17 May 43 Yanakie RAAF Avro Anson DJ232 of 67 Squadron, hit fence on takeoff
21 May 43 Carrajung Lower RAAF Avro Anson W 2252
21 May 43 Won WRon RAAF Avro Anson W2253 of GRS, Sgt L.L. Duncan, Sgt J.J. Denmeade, Sgt G.C. Lawrence, LAC G.C. Adams & LAC R.W. Murphy - all killed
abt Jun 43 Mildura RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-93 (BS232)
5 Jun 43 1/2 mile NW of N0 4 Gunnery Range near West Sale RAAF Fairey Battle K9362, 3 killed
19 Jun 43 West Sale? RAAf Fairey Battle L5015 of 3 BAGS, starboard tailplane hit port wing of Fairey Battle L5257 in formation flying, SGt. R.F. Bourke (409499)
19 Jun 43 West Sale? RAAf Fairey Battle L5257 of 3 BAGS, port wing hit by starboard tailplane of Fairey Battle L5015 in formation flying, Sgt. D. Warrell (418775), LAC S.E. Young, & LAC D. O'Brien
21 Jun 43 Into the sea RAAF Avro Anson W2261 of 67 Squadron
21 Jun 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5603 of 3 BAGS, Oxford X7113 (see below) hit drogue wire during air to air gunnery
21 Jun 43 West Sale? RAAF Oxford Oxford X7113 hit drogue wire during air to air gunnery, Fairey Battle L5603 of 3 BAGS involved (see above)
27 Jun 43 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-113 (#41-36104), pilot bailed out after an electrical fire
abt Jul 43 Moruya/Mallacoota flight RAAF Beaufort A9-126
6 Jul 43 seaward from East Sale RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-12
6 Jul 43 at sea between East Sale and Flinders Is. and Hogan Group RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-32, 5 killed
8 Jul 43 beach 6 miles SW of Woodside RAAF Fairey Battle Struck sand dune during forced landing, Sgt D. Cormack (422263) & LAC D.J. Rhodes (81762)
9 Jul 43 East Sale RAAF Fairey Battle L5675 of 3 BAGS, crashed through fence after engine lost power after takeoff
9 Jul 43 Seaspray RAAF Fairey Battle L5725
11 Jul 43 1.5 miles east of Currie airfield on King Island RAAF Beaufort A9-352
12 Jul 43 East Sale airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-7
16 Jul 43 13 miles south west of Mildura airfield RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-117 (#41-25061), 1 killed
22 Jul 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-158
22 Jul 43 Bass Strait RAAF Avro Anson DJ290 of 67 Squadron
28 Jul 43 Mildura airfield RAAF Kttyhawk A29-60
29 Jul 43 bombing range near Mildura RAAF Kittyhawk A29-57, #41-13524
abt Aug 43 into Lake Victoria RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-160 (EF588)
abt Aug 43 Mildura RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-?? (EE731), undercarriage collapse
4 Aug 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson AX282 from GRS, undercarriage collapsed.
4 Aug 43 4 miles south west of Mildura RAAF Kittyhawk A29-1
6 Aug 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson AX241 from GRS, taxiied into portable compressor
8 Aug 43 1.5 miles south of Yarram RAAF Avro Anson AX470 from 67 Squadron, forced landing. F/O J.S. Manley, Sgt. A.K. Jenkins, & Sgt. C.R. Hornwell.
10 Aug 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-94
11 Aug 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-55
15 Aug 43 2 OTU at Mildura RAAF Kittyhawk A29-115 (#41-36094)
16 Aug 43 near Mildura airfield RAAF Kittyhawk A29-45
16 Aug 43 Lake Victoria RAAF Spitfire EF588, A58-160, Sgt. David Stokes killed
20 Aug 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-159
22 Aug 43 Mills Lane, approx. 3 miles NE of Tinambah RAAF Beaufort A9-175, 1 killed
23 Aug 43 Mount Best near Toora (11 miles north of Welshpool) RAAF Beaufort A9-311
26 Aug 43 In Lake Wellington near East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-353
29 Aug 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle N2065 from 3 BAGS, gun accidently fired by gunner when in stowed position, Sgt B.W. Maskey (426231), LAC J.W. Morris (429780), & LAC I.O'Connor (29520).
1 Sep 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5015 of 3 BAGS, elevator damaged by gunfire Drogue shoot, Sgt.B.W. Maskey
3 Sep 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5629 of AGS, struck Beaufort A9-240 on ground (see below)
3 Sep 43 West Sale? RAAF Beaufort Beaufort A9-240 struck by Fairey Battle L5629 of AGS on ground (see above)
4 Sep 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle V1242 of 3 BAGS, taxiied into stationary Oxford BH739 (see below)
4 Sep 43 West Sale? RAAF Oxford BH739, hit by taxying Fairey Battle V1242 (see above)
4 Sep 43 North Melbourne  RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-76, 2 killed, this crash was associated with an air display over Flemington Racecourse
6 Sep 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-45
11 Sep 43 Yanakie RAAF Beaufort A9-88
13 Sep 43 In swamp 3 miles SE of East Sale runway RAAF Beaufort A9-303, at least 2 killed
16 Sep 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson DG827 from GRS, undercarriage collapsed while taxiing
abt Oct 43 Laverton RAAF Boomerang A46-4
6 Oct 43 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-158 (#41-24861), 1 killed. Crashed during aerobatic exercise.
4 Oct 43 into sea at Gipsy Point, 19 miles NW of Mallacoota RAAF Avro Anson W2039 of 67 Squadron, P/O K.P. Murphy, F/Sgt F.M. Howship, F/Sgt B.P. Dufty, & LAC H.E.W. Ball
5 Oct 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-33
7 Oct 43 1 1/2 miles east of Woodside Beach on the Ninety Mile Beach RAAF Beaufort A9-409, 4 killed
9 Oct 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-152
9 Oct 43 Lakes Entrance RAAF Beaufort A9-301
14 Oct 43 Mildura airfield RAAF Kittyhawk A29-57, #41-13524
18 Oct 43 7 miles north of Yanakie RAAF Avro Anson LT195 of GRS, crashed
20 Oct 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5736 of 3 BAGS, force landed after engine failure due to glycol leak, F/Sgt G.E. Matley (412992), LAC C. Humphries (117942) & F/Sgt. R.J. Keyes (420571)
27 Oct 43 West Sale? RAAF` Fairey Battle V1271 of 3 BAGS, forced landing after engine failure
29 Oct 43 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-169
9 Nov 43 Pakenham RAAF Avro Anson LT296 of 67 Squadron, force landed, F/O W.H. Egan & Sgt. J.R. Clemworth
17 Nov 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L2263 of 3 BAGS, F/Sgt J.S. Alexander (410935) killed, LAC J.R.S. Stapleton (21552), & LAC K.C. Toose (15826), aircraft hit high tension wires, suspected glycol leak obscured vision
18 Nov 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson W3375 of GRS
26 Nov 43 20 miles west of Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-80 (#41-24870), 1 killed
26 Nov 43 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson AW877 from GRS, wing struck pole while taxiing
abt Dec 43 near Lake Victoria RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-204 (JL371)
abt Dec 43 Lake Victoria RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-241 (MA395)
4 Dec 43 into the sea off the Ninety Mile Beach about 1 mile south east of Seaspray RAAF Ryan Trainer A50-16
6 Dec 43 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-35 (#41-5523), collided with A20-89 (see below)
6 Dec 43 Mildura RAAF Wirraway A20-89 (#41-25122), collided with A29-35 (see above)
8 Dec 43 near Yarram RAAF Fairey Battle K9393 of 3 BAGS, force landed after engine failure
16 Dec 43 East Sale RAAF Boomerang A46-10
27 Dec 43 Seaspray RAAF Fairey Battle L5789 of AGS, drogue cable struck civilians while aircraft flew low along beach, Pilot - F/Sgt L.P. White (410771)
29 Dec 43 8 miles SW of Seaspray near Albert Lake RAAF Fairey Battle V1238
30 Dec 43 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle V1237 of AGS, Wheels up landing
9 Jan 44 near Seymour RAAF Avro Anson D730
27 Jan 44 west side of Morwell RAAF Fairey Battle K7600 of 3 BAGS, forced landing, hit telephone post & undercarriage collapsed - P/O A.J. Polkinghorne (41495), LAC H.E. Simpson (48090)
abt Feb 44 Laverton RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-491 (#42-104713)
abt Feb 44 Mildura? RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-217 (LZ862)
14 Feb 44 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-292
15 Feb 44 In sea near Lady Julia Percy Island RAAF Avro Anson AW-878, 4 killed
16 Feb 44 4 miles north of Stradbroke on the Yarram Road RAAF Fairey Battle L5695
20 Feb 44 north of Chepstone RAAF C.A.C. Wackett trainer A3-191, 2 killed
24 Feb 44 paddock near Mildura airfield RAAF Kittyhawk A29-23
25 Feb 44 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5678 of AGS, struck stationary aircraft (see below) while taxying
25 Feb 44 West Sale? RAAF? ? Aircraft struck by Fairey Battle L5678 (see above)
25 Feb 44 Mildura airfield RAAF Kittyhawk A29-45
9 Mar 44 Yellangip RAAF Avro Anson AX642
9 Mar 44 Molesworth between Yarck and Yea RAAF? C-47 Dakota VH-CCF
18 Mar 44 In Lake Victoria near Storm Point RAAF Beaufort A9-542
26 Mar 44 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-22
28 Mar 44 Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5797 of AGS, undercarriage collapsed after forced landing
abt Apr 44 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-157 (#41-5316)
2 Apr 44 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-543
17 Apr 44 Yanakie RAAF Avro Anson AW667 of 67 Squadron - crashed on test flight
19 Apr 44 West Sale Gunnery Range RAAF Avro Anson LV122 of AGS, forced landing
20 Apr 44 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson AX223, from GRS, low flying exercise, wing hit trees, later airscrew hit water
24 Apr 44 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson AX632 from GRS, undercarriage collapsed
29 Apr 44 Lakes Entrance area RAAF Beaufort A9-417
abt May 44 near Whittlesea RAAF Boomerang A46-173
abt May 44 near Bacchus Marsh RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-136 (EE834)
abt May 44 near Mildura RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-159 (EF587)
8 May 44 9 miles south of East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-579
12 May 44 into channel between Victoria Lagoon & Lake Wellington RAAF Beaufort A9-137
18 May 44 near West Sale RAAF Ryan Trainer  A50-12, 1 killed
25 May 44 Near Mt. Disappointment, 6 miles north of Whittlesea RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-49
25 May 44 Near Mt. Disappointment, 6 miles north of Whittlesea RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-92
30 May 44 Bass Strait, 18 miles off Lakes Entrance RAAF Avro Anson W 1580
abt Jun 44 Laverton RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-218 (LZ865)
1 Jun 44 20 miles west of Mildura RAAF Boomerang A46-14, collided in mid-air with A46-44 (see below), 1 killed
1 Jun 44 20 miles west of Mildura RAAF Boomerang A46-44, collided in mid-air with A46-14 (see above), 1 killed
14 Jun 44 Laverton RAAF Mosquito A52-1
19 Jun 44 6 miles west of 2 OTU at Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-120 (#41-35936), 1 killed. Crashed after catching fire
27 Jun 44 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-102
28 Jun 44 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-47
abt Jul 44 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-179, collided with Avro Anson MG452 (see below)
abt Jul 44 East Sale RAAF Avro Anson MG452, was hit by Beaufort A9-179 which was landing(see above)
abt Jul 44 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-102 (#41-25142)
abt Jul 44 Laverton RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-473 (MD344) undercarriage collapse
26 Jul 44 West Sale? RAAF Fairey Battle L5763 of AGS, taxying accident
18 Aug 44 near Seaspray Safety Range RAAF Fairey Battle V1219 of AGS, dived into ground after smoke seen coming from engine, totally destroyed, Sgt M.J. Fahey (430903 - killed), W/O G.E. Matley (412992 - seriously injured)
abt Sep 44 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-561
abt Sep 44 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-65 (#41-5743), collided with A29-126 (see below)
abt Sep 44 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-126 (#41-35955), collided with A29-65 (see above)
2 Sep 44 Letts Beach Road, near Dutson School RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-32 (#41-5494)
8 Sep 44 2 OTU Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-147 (#41-36242), 1 killed. Stalled while attempting a forced landing.
16 Sep 44 Forge Creek, 2 miles west of Eagle Point RAAF Beaufort A9-7
25 Sep 44 Unknown RAAF Beaufort A9-19 (T9588)
5 Oct 44 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-153 (#41-24789), 1 killed
19 Oct 44 5 miles west of West Sale RAAF Fairey Battle L5124 of 3 BAGS, belly landed
abt Nov 44 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-97 (#41-35970)
abt Nov 44 Laverton RAAF Boomerang A46-223
7 Nov 44 near Mildura RAAF P-40K Kittyhawk A29-195 (#42-10223), 1 killed
18 Nov 44 Cressy Airfield near Geelong RAAF Beaufort A9-591
19 Nov 44 In sea near Mallacoota RAAF Avro Anson LT 296 of 67 Squadron
23 Nov 44 ? RAAF Beaufort A9-146
abt Dec 44 Mallacoota RAAF Beaufort A9-178
abt Dec 44 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-445
1 Dec 44 In the sea off Anglesea, 20 miles south of Port Philip Heads RAAF B-25D Mitchell A47-24, 3 killed
3 Dec 44 8 miles west of Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-41 (#41-5538), 1 killed
5 Dec 44 near Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-57, #41-13524
8 Dec 44 2 miles east of Somers RAAF Fairey Battle L5704
11 Dec 44 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-127 (#41-35956), struck fence on take off
12 Dec 44 Mallacoota RAAF Ventura A59-3
26 Dec 44 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson DG698 from GRS, crashlanded
29 Dec 44 into lake near East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-176
11 Jan 45 Essendon RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-171, crashed on landing
21 Jan 45 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-121 (#41-35940), struck a tree wile straffing a barge.
13 Jan 45 Lake Caringle RAAF Beaufort A9-426 or A9-126?
16 Jan 45 Into Lake Reeve, 8 miles from Sale RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-71 (#41-5632)
abt Feb 45 near Mildura RAAF P-40K Kittyhawk A29-167 (#42-10176), collided with A29-186 (see below)
abt Feb 45 near Mildura RAAF P-40K Kittyhawk A29-186 (#42-10195), collided with A29-167 (see above)
1 Feb 45 paddock near Seaspray RAAF Fairey Battle L5660 of AGS, belly landed after glycol leak blinded pilot, Sgt R.D. Guthrie (439513) and LAC A.C. White (149433)
7 Feb 45 near East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-146
8 Feb 45 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-85 (#41-25122), 1 killed
11 Feb 45 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson W2639, overshot & ground looped, & struck fence
14 Feb 45 Mildura RAAF P-40K Kittyhawk A29-199 (#42-10427), 1 killed. Crashed while attempting a forced landing.
19 Feb 45 1/2 mile north of Seaspray RAAF Fairey Battle L5599
23 Feb 45 12 miles from East Sale RAAF Ventura A59-9
24 Feb 45 north of Morwell RAAF Avro Anson W2557 of GRS, crash landed in fog at night, F/Sgt. L. Mahoney
24 Feb 45 2 miles north of Morwell Ran RAAF Avro Anson N4920 of GRS
24 Feb 45 Bairnsdale Airfield RAAF Avro Anson DG213, 1 killed
24 Feb 45 2 miles NW of Rosedale RAAF Avro Anson AX225 of GRS, crash landed in fog, Sgt. D.J. McLeod parachuted at low altitude and died. Other crew Flt. Sgt. Kevin M. Moloney, G.S. Liles & P/O A.M. Ward.
27 Feb 45 No 2 Air to Air Gunnery Range near West Sale RAAF Fairey Battle L5600
abt Mar 45 Laverton RAAF HF.VIII Spitfire A58-718 (MV200), belly landing
6 Mar 45 near Ballaratt RAAF Tiger Moth A17-708, 2 killed
abt Apr 45 near Mildura RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-229 (LZ926)
1 Apr 45 Yelta Barge Strafing Range, Murray River RAAF Kittyhawk A29-423, 1 killed
4 Apr 45 Mildura RAAF Vega Gull A32-1 (VH-UVG)
15 Apr 45 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-130
21 Apr 45 Mordialloc   DC-2 VH-UXJ, forced landing at Mordialloc
27 Apr 45 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson EG702 of GRS, ground looped when landing
27 Apr 45 1 mile west of West Sale RAAF Fairey Battle L5657 of AGS, belly landed
27 Apr 45 2 miles west of 2 OTU Mildura RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-164, Forced landing.
30 Apr 45 Laverton RAAF Ventura A59-90
abt May 45 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-63 (#41-13523)
abt May 45 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-99 (#41-35974)
abt May 45 Laverton RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-499 (MT626), forced landing
4 May 45 10 miles north of Nhill airfield RAAF Tiger Moth A17-751, 1 killed
8 May 45 into Tamboon Inlet east of Cann River RAAF Avro Anson LT159 of 67 Squadron, force landed, F/Lt. W.H. Egan, W/O S.O. Svenssen, W/O W.J. B;omeley, F/Sgt. R.W. Leith
abt Jun 45 Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-155 (#41-5644) taxied into A29-323 (see below). Another source says it was A29-99 rather than A29-155 on 11 June 45.
abt Jun 45 Mildura RAAF P-40M Kittyhawk A29-323 (#43-5646) hit by a taxiing A29-155 (see above) Another source says it was A29-99 rather than A29-155 on 11 June 45.
4 Jun 45 On Mount Tawonga, 15 miles SW of Eskdale RAAF Beaufort A9-228
5 Jun 45 Mildura RAAF P-51 Mustang 1 killed
18 Jun 45 On beach on Snake Island RAAF Avro Anson W1991
19 Jun 45 5 miles from Violet Town RAAF Mosquito NS735, 2 killed
abt Jul 45 East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-587
1 Jul 45 18 miles SW of Seaspray RAAF Avro Anson LT792 of AGS, airscrew struck water
2 Jul 45 8 kms east of Lorquon RAAF Wirraway ?, 1 killed
19 Jul 45 Letts Beach near "L" bombing range, near Lake Reeve RAAF Beaufort A9-101
25 Jul 45 30 miles south west of 2 OTU at Mildura RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-118 (#41-35932)
30 Jul 45 near Fairhaven, French Island RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-627
30 Jul 45 4 miles from Paynesville RAAF Beaufort A9-143
7 Aug 45 Mildura airfield RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-130, 1 killed
10 Aug 45 about 1 mile north of East Sale RAAF Beaufort A9-562
17 Aug 45 Laverton RAAF Mosquito A52-1013, 1 killed
3 Sep 45 ? RAAF Beaufort A9-145
6 Sep 45 Gunnery Range, West Sale RAAF Avro Anson LT714 of AGS, wing hit target, and 6 feet broke off, then crashed, Pilot F/Sgt. R.S. Hayward.
16 Sep 45 Bairnsdale RAAF Avro Anson EF920 of GRS, force landed in paddock
abt Oct 45 Laverton RAAF B-25J Mitchell A47-40
abt Oct 45 Corio Bay RAAF HF.VIII Spitfire A58-622 (MV139)

 

MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN VICTORIA BEFORE OR AFTER WORLD WAR 2

DATE LOCATION SERVICE AIRCRAFT SERIAL NO.
abt Jun 38 Drake Gully, Laverton RAAF Avro Anson A4-17
10 Aug 38 Arthur's Seat near Dromana RAAF Avro Anson A4-29, 4 killed, 1 injured
7 Mar 46 Into the sea RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-505 of CFS
abt 1953 Omeo area near Swifts Creek (Quambat Flat) RAAF Dakota A65-50
21 Jul 53 Mount Disappointment, north of Whittlesea RAAF Wirraway A20-573
17 Oct 62 Into the sea off Fairhaven (near Aireys Inlet) Victoria . USAAF B-57 Crew were all killed 

 

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