14 FEBRUARY 1942
CRASH OF LOCKHEED AIRCRAFT "CARMANIA"

HALF A MILE FROM CAIRNS AIRFIELD

 

Lockheed L-14-H2 Super Electra aircraft "RMA Carmania", VH-ADS owned by W.R. Carpenter & Co., crashed into dense mangroves about half a mile from Cairns airfield after taking off at 0400 hours. Flight Lieutenant Elwyn Derek Crisp (267519)  and Flying Officer Clive Robert Bernard (268072) were both killed. Their bodies were returned to their home cities for burial. F/Lt Crisp had recently participated in a dangerous escape from the Japanese bombing in Wau.

 

Article from Cairns Post Monday 16 February 1942

 

REFERENCES

"Diary of WWII - North Queensland"
Complied by Peter Nielsen

Flg. Off. Clive Robert Bernard - RAAF Casualty Database

F/Lt Elwyn Derek Crisp - RAAF Casualty Database

L-14-H2 "R.M.A. Carmania" Constructors No. 1431 Registration VH-ADS - PacificWrecks .com

 

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