EMERGENCY LANDING OF A NORSEMAN
BETWEEN ROCKHAMPTON AND MACKAY, QLD
ON 19 DECEMBER 1944

 

On 19 December 1944, Norseman A71-3 piloted by Squadron Leader W. L. Milne (816??) of 5 Communication Unit was on a travel flight from Archerfield Airfield in Brisbane to Garbutt Airfield in Townsville via Rockhampton. The other crew member was W/O M. S. Burcher (424146) At approximately 1600 hours it developed engine trouble and subsequently lost power and made a forced landing in the Burdekin River at position 2015S, 14652E about 12 miles south of Ravenswood. Neither of the crew were injured.

On the day of the crash, RAAF Catalina A24-101 from 1 Flying Boat Maintenance Unit based at the Bowen Flying Boat Base in Queensland was sent out to search for Norseman A71-3.

The Norseman was eventually located by another searching aircraft.

The aircraft sustained minor damage to under-cowls on landing but was repairable within 48 hours by its Unit. The aircraft was dismantled and forwarded to the Unit by road.

 

REFERENCE

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

 

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