2 FEBRUARY 1944
CRASH OF A C-47 DAKOTA

BETWEEN COOKTOWN AND MILNE BAY

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USAAF C-47 Dakota,  "Shack Trooper", #42-23487 (or #42-234487) C 47A-25-DL,  c/n 9349,  VH-CJM  went missing on 2 February 1944 on a flight from Cooktown in far north Queensland to Milne Bay, New Guinea.

Michael Claringbould's book "The Forgotten Fifth" mentions on page 105, that a 1st Lt. John Donovan disappeared between Cooktown and Ward's airfield in Port Moresby on 2 February 1944. This would appear to be the accident detailed above.

 

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Subject:     Missing Dakota 2 February 1944
Date:              Mon, 08 Mar 1999 13:34:32 +1000
From:            Ray Blackwood <seaquel@tpgi.com.au

Dear Peter,

Another question if you don't mind. I am interested in the abovementioned incident because a local identity who had been an owner of Daydream Island Island in the 1930's, Eric Catherwood, was aboard a plane which went missing on February 2, 1944 while he was travelling from Townsville to Milne Bay. This sounds as if it may be the plane concerned.

My question is whether you have seen the passenger manifest or can you tell me how I might find it.

Again your help will be appreciated.

Ray Blackwood,
PO Box 81,
Airlie Beach, Q 4802, Australia.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

The Forgotten Fifth
A Classic Photographic Chronology of the
Fifth Air Force in Action in the Pacific in WW2

By Michael Claringbould

"Diary of WWII - North Queensland"
Complied by Peter Nielsen

 

SOURCE:-   Aircraft Crash Sites - Australia

Crash:         No. 6

Position:     15.28 - 145.14

Department of Aviation Chart No:       3112

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Norman Weeding for his assistance with this home page.

 

REFERENCE

USAAF MACR 2049

 

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