CRASH OF A KITTYHAWK
AT 34 MILE STRIP, NT
ON 4 APRIL 1942

 

On 4 April 1942, 2nd Lt.  Lieutenant John Dick Livingstone Jr., a native of Clarksburg WV, USA of the 9 Pursuit Squadron of the 49th Fighter Group was killed in action at 34 Mile Strip in the Northern Territory when his P-40 Kittyhawk crashed.

34 Mile Strip was later renamed as Livingstone Field in memory of Lt. Livingstone who was the first pilot killed at 34 Mile Strip.

C. Rossi told me that his neighbour Mr. John Doran was serving in an anti aircraft battery at RAAF Field Darwin, on the 4 April 1942 during a Japanese bombing raid on Darwin. He advised that two Japanese Zero's strafed the RAAF airfield as they headed north. A minute or two later a P-40 Kittyhawk flew over the air field heading south. One gun opened fire, which  immediately brought many guns firing at the P-40. John Doran presumed that the pilot, Lt. Livingstone, was hit for he was able to fly to 34 Mile strip, but crashed while trying to land.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to than C. Ross for his assistance with this web page.

I'd also like to thank Darlene Taylor-Morgan for her assistance with this web page.

 

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