CRASH OF P-40E KITTYHAWK
AT BATCHELOR AIRFIELD, NT
ON 23 AUGUST 1942

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On 23 August 1942, P-40E Kittyhawk A29-?? of 77 Squadron RAAF, piloted by Sergeant R. K. Boyd (402992) crashed at Batchelor Airfield in the Northern Territory. During a formation take-off at Batchelor Airfield his aircraft swung to port, due to the slip stream of the leading aircraft. The starboard wing lifted. Thinking his port oleo leg had collapsed, Sgt. Boyd held the control column to starboard. The undercarriage hit a slit trench, collapsed and the aircraft skidded on its radiator. The aircraft was repairable.

 

 

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