CRASH OF AN A-20 HAVOC
INTO SEA HALF A MILE OFF MAGNETIC ISLAND, QLD
ON 29 MAY 1944

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On 29 May 1944, A.I.S. (?) advised No 3 Fighter Sector Headquarters in Townsville that A-20 Boston/Havoc #307 was one hour overdue. Enquiries were instituted and it was ascertained that Castle Hill was the only Volunteer Air Observer Corps post to see the aircraft depart. Later on Base Operations advised that one member of the crew had been picked up by a fisherman and taken to the US Navy Hospital at Rowes Bay. The position of the crash was given as 5 miles off Lucinda Point. The RAAF Crash Boat 08-12 from 40 Squadron RAAF was ordered out to search the vicinity for the other crew members. The aircraft was later located half a mile off Magnetic Island in 18 feet of water.

 

NOTE:- The above details of the crash are from the Operations Record Book of 3 Fighter Sector Headquarters based in Townsville. Is there a Lucinda Point on Magnetic Island? The Lucinda Point that I know is near the town of Lucinda which is about 90 kms north west of Townsville. So the report is a bit confusing. I've assumed this was a USAAF A-20 Havoc rather than an RAAF A-20 Boston. Can anyone confirm?

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Gordon Birkett for his assistance with this web page.

 

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