GIRL AND HORSE KILLED
BY A P40E KITTYHAWK / WARHAWK
IN A FIELD NEAR NOWRA, NSW
ON 10 MARCH 1942
2nd Lieutenant Joseph King had force landed his P-40E Kittyhawk / Warhawk in a field near Nowra in New South Wales on 9 March 1942.
2nd Lieutenant John Childress of the 7th Pursuit Squadron, 49th Pursuit Group also forced landed his P-40E Kittyhawk, #41-24819 on the same day.
On Tuesday 10 March 1942, after repairs had been carried out to his P-40E, 2nd Lt. King attempted to take off from the field, but the left wheel hit a hole in the uneven ground causing the aircraft to swerve violently to the left. It crashed into a timber fence, and hit 18 year old Daphne Woods, her horse that she was sitting on and 6 years old John Hogan.
Daphne Woods, of Terara, near Nowra was struck by the propeller and her head was almost decapitated. Daphne and her horse were killed instantly and John Hogan sustained severe head injuries and was admitted to Edman Private Hospital in Nowra in a serious condition.
The P-40E was slightly damaged and both aircraft were eventually trucked to Bankstown Airfield on 26 March 1942 where they were disassembled for much needed spare parts.
"Killed by Plane" National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), Wednesday 11 March 1942
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By Michael Claringbould
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