CRASH OF A P-40E KITTYHAWK
AT NOWRA, NSW

9 MARCH 1942

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On 9 March 1942, USAAF P-40E Kittyhawk, Serial No. #41-24819, 7th Pursuit Squadron, 49th Pursuit Group, piloted by a 2nd Lieutenant John Childress, made a forced landing in marginal weather in a field at Nowra in New South Wales after oil covered the windscreen and reduced visibility. The left wing, landing gear and propeller were damaged in the crash.

2nd Lieutenant Joseph King also force landed his P-40E Kittyhawk / Warhawk in the same field on 9 March 1942, the same day and was involved in another tragic crash on 11 March 1942 when he attempted to take off from the field after minor repairs.

Both aircraft were relocated to Bankstown Airfield on 26 March 1942 and were broken up for badly needed spare parts.

 

REFERENCE

Document prepared by 1st Lt. Elmore G. Brown, titled:-

"Headquarters, USA Air Forces in Australia
A-4. Aircraft Movements Status & Statistics Section
Location and Status of Damaged Aircraft in Australia"

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I'd like to thank Michael Claringbould, Chris Jamesson and Gordon Birkett for their assistance with this page.

 

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