9 AUGUST 1943
CRASH OF A P-38 LIGHTNING
AT BIBOOHRA, NORTH OF MAREEBA, QLD
A USAAF P-38 Lightning, of the 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, experienced engine trouble during a flight from Amberley to New Guinea. It crashed at Biboohra north of Mareeba on 9 August 1943 killing its pilot, 2nd Lieutenant Andrew Kendall Duke (perhaps it is Allan Kendall Duke - see e-mail below)
Parts of this P-38 are at Sid Beck's Museum in Mareeba.
Terence Geary checked his P-38 database which shows only one loss on that date. This information originates from the Aircraft Record Cards as follows:-
#43-2200 P-38G-15-LO 5AF 9 Aug 1943 Condemned accident not combat related
This is most likely this P-38 crash at Biboohra.
Plaque at Mareeba Airfield
Subject: Allan Kendall Duke 9AUG1943
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 01:37:52 -0500
From: marc poole <email@example.com>
I searched on the web for info on Lt Allan Kendall Duke, the brother of a friend of mine, Bettye Duke Jackson. She is interested in finding any other info on her brother, and I found the passage on your web page (http://home.star.brisnet.org.au/~dunn/9aug43.htm) very interesting. Can you provide me with any other info on the crash of Duke's P-38, and on the recent discoveries? Any info is greatly appreciated-
Starkville, MS 39759
I'd like to thank Damian Waters and Terence Geary for their assistance with this home page.
"Diary of WWII - North
Complied by Peter Nielsen
"I Didn't Know That"
"Cairns and Districts, Tully to Cape York, 1939-1946,
Service Personnel and Civilians"
By Vera Bradley (1943 AAMWS)
Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?
not join my Discussion List
To subscribe send an e-mail to
© Peter Dunn 2007
This page first produced 8 February 1999
This page last updated 30 March 2013