CRASH OF A WIRRAWAY
8 MILES SOUTH OF GOODNA, QLD
ON 18 JANUARY 1941
On 18 January 1941 at about 1 pm, Wirraway A20-162 of 3 Service Flying Training School 3SFTS Amberley (Intermediate Training Squadron) spun and crashed into the ground 8 miles south of Goodna (as per crash report), east of Ipswich in south east Queensland at approximately 1300 hours. The pilot had been engaged in a solo height test flight. A report in the Queensland Times on 20 January 1941 said he crashed into a thickly timbered hill at Possum Creek, Redbank Plains near the properties owned by Messrs. Kippen and Brennan..
LAC Donald Andrew Veitch (404316) the pilot and only occupant of the aircraft was tragically killed. The Wirraway was totally destroyed with wreckage scattered over a large area.
Wirraway A20-162 had been damaged in an earlier accident at Central Flying School at Camden in New South Wales on 30 November 1940 when it attempted to land too high and then dropped suddenly, severely damaging the starboard wing and aileron. It was subsequently repaired and sent to 3SFTS at Amberley airfield on 16 December 1940.
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