CRASH OF A MOSQUITO
AT AMBERLEY AIRFIELD, QLD
ON 31 JULY 1945

 

At about 9 am on 31 July 1945, RAAF Mosquito A52-502 swerved on taking off from Amberley airfield and hit a truck which was standing about 40 feet from the edge of the strip. Six men of the Queensland Main Roads Commission were having smoko at the time of the accident. Mr. Joseph Michael Walsh, a civilian, died from shock and multiple injuries. Another civilian, Mr. Edward Jensen was admitted to the Ipswich District Hospital with minor injuries.

 

Cairns Post 1 August 1945

DROME FATALITY

MAN KILLED AT AMBERLEY

IPSWICH. July 31. - Joseph Michael Walsh (31) was killed and Edward Jensen of West Bundaberg received severe head injuries when a plane ran into a gang of men at Amberley aerodrome this morning. The men, members of a Main Roads Commission gang working on the runway, were having morning tea at the time a loaded plane - a fighter-bomber - was taking off from the southern end of the runway. It swerved suddenly, and ran into the men. All escaped except Walsh and Jensen.

 

Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?

 

REFERENCE

"Units of the Royal Australian Air Force - A Concise History"
Volume 7 - Maintenance Units

 

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