COLLISION BETWEEN
A BEAUFORT & A BOOMERANG
AT MILLINGIMBI, NT
ON 17 JUNE 1944

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A Mark VIII RAAF Beaufort, Serial No. A9-576, of 1 Squadron, piloted by Mr. Lipman, collided with Model CA-13 Boomerang A46-125 (CAC Constructor's No. 948) of 83 Squadron, piloted by Mr. Thompson, while taxying on Millingimbi airfield on 17 June 1944. The record of Works-in-Progress for 4 RSU-482 Maintenance Squadron shown that they were carrying out field repairs on A9-576 at Millingimbi, but there was no sign of any work on a Boomerang by 4 RSU.

Beaufort A9-576 was later "Struck Off Charge" in August 1949.

Boomerang A46-125 was authorised for Writeoff in May 1946 and was "Struck Off Charge" in November 1948.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
I would like to thank Phil Herdman of the Arnhem Land Historical Society for details on the above crash.

REFERENCE BOOK
"Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito - In Australian Service"
By Stewart Wilson

"Restore to Service - Unit History 4 RSU-482 Maintenance Squadron"
By Walter Venn

 

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