CRASH OF A P-39F AIRACOBRA
14 MILES SE OF CHARTERS TOWERS, QLD
ON 18 AUGUST 1943

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P-39 Airacobra

 

On 18 August 1943, P-39F Airacobra #41-7233, piloted by 2nd Lieutenant Lloyd G. Hickling (0-737094) of the 5th AAF Fighter Training Group crashed 14 miles south east of APO 710 - Charters Towers. Apparently Lloyd Hickling survived the crash but was trapped in his cockpit. A stock rider on the property on which he crashed tried to free him from the crashed aircraft but was unsuccessful. A fire that broke out as a result of the crash eventually consumed the cockpit area killing the pilot.

 


Photo:- Via Michael Musumeci

2nd Lieutenant Lloyd G. Hickling

 


Photo:- Via Michael Musumeci

 

2nd Lieutenant Lloyd G. Hickling was buried at the US Townsville Military Cemetery initially and then towards the end of the war his body was exhumed and he was then reburied at the US Ipswich Military  Cemetery west of Brisbane on 3 July 1945. After the war, his body would have been exhumed again with all the other bodies at Ipswich and retuned to the States on a ship for burial in their home states.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research

 

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I'd like to thank Michael Musumeci for his assistance with this web page.

 

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