CRASH OF A KITTYHAWK
AT BATCHELOR AIRFIELD, NT
ON 12 OCTOBER 1942

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On 12 October 1942, P-40 Kittyhawk, A29-62, #41-5734, of 77 Squadron RAAF was on a test flight over Batchelor Airfield at 25,000ft. The pilot, P/O J.C. Griffith, used the electric pitch control, increased the revs to 4,000 rpm, and put the aircraft into a climb to effect control. This caused the engine to overheat, resulting in a fire. Griffith bailed out at 26,000 ft. The aircraft was destroyed.

On 13 October 1942, 13 aircraft from 77 Squadron participated in some formation flying and carried out a search for Pilot Officer Griffith. A Wirraway from 12 Squadron RAAF located P/O Griffith on a beach in Anson Bay, 5 miles north of the mouth of the Daly River. He was later picked up by the Wirraway and flown back to Batchelor Airfield.

 

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