CRASH OF A SPITFIRE
AT DARWIN CIVILIAN AIRFIELD
ON 18 AUGUST 1943

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At 1510 hours on 18 August 1943, Spitfire AR-558, piloted by F/O Warwick James Turner (403773), of 457 Squadron RAAF took off from Livingstone Airfield to carry out formation flying and aerobatics. At approximately 1530 hours, the aircraft was over Darwin at a height of about 1,000 feet heading in a northerly direction when his engine shut down.

F/O Turner decided to make a wheels up forced landing at Darwin Civilian Airfield on the North South runway. The pilot was uninjured and there was minimum damage to the Spitfire. An Army guard was placed on the aircraft and F/O Turner reported to 54 Squadron RAF at RAAF Base Darwin. No. 7 Repair and Salvage Unit was informed and took charge of the aircraft on 19 August 1943.

 

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