CRASH LANDING OF A LOCKHEED HUDSON
AT COEN IN NORTH QUEENSLAND
ON 29 JUNE 1942

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Lockheed Hudson A16-155 (#41-23599) of 32 Squadron RAAF crashed whilst landing at Coen Airfield in north Queensland when it undercarriage collapsed.

The Hudson was repaired at Coen and issued to No. 5 Aircraft Depot at Garbutt Airfield in Townsville on 24 August 1942.

 

Jacking A16-155 up to lock the undercarriage DOWN

 

Jacking A16-155 up to lock the undercarriage DOWN

 

Jacking A16-155 up to lock the undercarriage DOWN

 

One wing still missing

 

Left to Right :-  Les (Spike) Cooper, Arthur Dean,
Brian O’Hare, Darbishire, Darbishire, Gordon (Mike)
Stephenson, Unknown, Earl Hoffman, ? Jennings

 

Lockheed Hudson A16-155 being repaired under camouflage netting at Coen

 

Lockheed Hudson A16-155 being repaired under camouflage netting at Coen

 

 

Les "Spike" Cooper working on an engine

 

Lockheed Hudson A16-155 ready to fly to Townsville

 

L to R:- Christopher Ashen (22594), Les “Spike” Cooper, Cecil "Ces" Moubray (6844)

 

REFERENCES

"Diary of WW2 North Queensland 2011" - Peter Nielsen

NOTE:- This reference incorrectly shows the date of the crash as 13 May 1942 which was actually the date the aircraft was received by 32 Squadron RAAF.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Gordon Birkett and Rick Morris for their assistance with this web page. Rick Morris's father was an electrical fitter in 32 Squadron RAAF.

 

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