CRASH OF A B-24 LIBERATOR
NEAR BLACK SAND PLAIN NEAR DALY RIVER, NT
ON 29 JULY 1943
B-24 Liberator "Poochie" #42-40491
B-24D-53-CO "Poochie" 528th Bomb Squadron of the 380th Bomb Group crashed near Black Sand Plain near the Daly River in the Northern Territory on 29 July 1943 on return from a Fat Cat Mission. The aircraft became lost and the pilot, Maj Everett, Commanding Officer of the 530th Bomb Squadron decided to put the aircraft down whilst it was still under controlled flight. He managed to do so with light injuries to passengers and crew.
The Aircraft was found by another from 530th Bomb Squadron aircraft, after the crew of "Poochie" fired flares. The same flares that saved the crew started a bush fire which burnt out the centre section of the bomber.
Craig Busby thought that the centre section would have been useable as the fuselage centre section was burnt out. Craig believes that they recovered numerous smaller parts (engine bearers, cowls etc) for their rebuild. Craig remembered seeing these items in storage at RAAF Tindal awaiting shipment to Point Cook
Scott Betteridge believes that the wreck of B-24 Liberator "Poochie" had its centre wing section salvaged for its use in the restoration of a RAAF Liberator down south.
Photo of "Poochie" taken shortly after the crew was rescued
Photo of "Poochie" taken in about 1997
I'd like to thank Craig Busby and Scott Beveridge for their assistance with this web page.
Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?
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