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In about May 1942 a Fairey Battle was doing aerobatics over Garbutt airfield in Townsville. Jim McEwan of the 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron was watching and noticed that some white smoke had started to trail from the aircraft's engine. The pilot dead sticked it, but fell short of the airfield by about 100 feet and hit a ditch that wiped out his undercarriage. The pilot was not injured.

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Jim McEwan had the flu at the time and despite it being a lovely warm day in Townsville he was all rugged up as can be seen in the above photograph.



"The Eight Ballers: Eyes of the Fifth Air Force
The 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in World War II"
By John Stanaway & Bob Rocker



I'd like to thank Jim McEwan for his assistance with this page.


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   Peter Dunn 2001
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