B-24 LIBERATOR CRASH LANDED
AT CAIRNS AIRFIELD, NORTH QLD.
ON 21 AUGUST 1944

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A USAAF B-24 Liberator #42-110121 (c/n 3917) of No. 2 Bomb Squadron of the 22nd Bomb Group, was damaged beyond repair when it crashed after overshooting the strip at Cairns Airfield in far north Queensland on 21 August 1944. The B-24 had landed half way down the strip and overshot due to brake failure and subsequently crashed into a large ditch at the northern end of the strip.

25 Operational Base Unit's (25 OBU) crash waggon and ambulance were manned and proceeded immediately to the crash scene. There were seven occupants in the B-24. Three had been killed in the crash, one dangerously injured (subsequently died),, one seriously injured and two slightly injured. They were as follows:-

Captain Carl. L. Flogstad 0-738130 - pilot, killed
1st Lieutenant John A. Bellstrom 186894 - co-pilot, seriously injured
T/Sgt. J. H. Henderson 38329285 - radio operator, killed
1st Lieutenant Andrew J. Nitz, Jr. 0-804967 - navigator, killed
T/Sgt A. C. Hicks 38329285 - engineer, died of injuries
M/Sgt. R. Henry 13007291
Sgt. L. L. Erickson 16019296 - suffered from shock

The injured crew members were admitted to the Cairns District Hospital. Appreciation was expressed at the speed shown by the fire tender and ambulance in reaching the scene of the crash.

 

REFERENCES

Operations Record Book for 25 Operational Base Unit RAAF

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Bob Livingstone for his assistance with this web page.

 

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