CRASH LANDING OF A P-70 HAVOC
AT GARBUTT AIRFIELD, TOWNSVILLE, QLD
ON 29 MARCH 1943

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P-70 Havoc #39-768 "Dusty" made a wheels up belly landing after mechanical failure at Garbutt Airfield in Townsville on 29 March 1943. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

This aircraft was a "Fat Cat" aircraft acquired by the 341st Fighter Squadron, 348th Fighter Group to make supply runs between Australia and New Guinea. They stripped a lot of military equipment from the aircraft which would not be required for "Fat Cat" runs. This made the aircraft a fairly "hot ship" as described by pilot James Curran a former member of the 341st Fighter Squadron.

In an earlier life this aircraft was flown by 1st Lt. Fred Secord of Detachment "A", 6th Night Fighter Squadron at 7 Mile Airfield (Jackson), Port Moresby, New Guinea. It was one of a number of the first A-20G/J/J Havocs that were converted to a P-70 Havoc with the installation of a nose mounted radar and a 20mm gun tub in the bomb bay.

The aircraft was eventually salvaged in late January 1944.

 

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I'd like to thank Terry Popravak for his assistance with this web page. Terrence is a USAF veteran who is assisting the family of the late Mr James Curran.

 

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