DATE UNKNOWN
CRASH LANDING OF A B-25 MITCHELL

AT CAIRNS AIRFIELD, QLD

 

Vera Bradley's book, "I Didn't Know That", refers on page 49 to some reminisces of Corporal Ken Hutchinson of RAAF North-Eastern Area, Advanced Operational Base (AOB) at Cairns airfield.

"Another incident involved a B-25 Mitchell Bomber which could not clear the flood leverage bank at the end of the drome, clipped its wings and crash landed in the mangrove swamp just south of the drome. The lads from the Ack Ack Battery nearby were the first on the scene and hacked into the side of of the plane with axes to free the crew. There was only one injured, a gash to the side of his face - it was not known if this was caused by the crash or the axe-wielding rescuers. We used this crashed plane as a warning to many other US men who wanted to fly out with their aircraft overloaded. The remains of this plane lay in the mud near the highway at Salt Water Creek for many years after the war."

There is the possibility that this aircraft was B-25C Mitchell #41-12903 which was assigned to the 71st Bomb Squadron of the 38th Bomb Group or perhaps the 405th Bomb Squadron of the 38th Bomb Group.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS:-

"I Didn't Know That"
"Cairns and Districts, Tully to Cape York, 1939-1946,
Service Personnel and Civilians"
By Vera Bradley (1943 AAMWS)

 

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