MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES
IN THE TOWNSVILLE AREA
DURING WW2 YEARS

Crashes, mishaps, prangs, crash landings and missing aircraft

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10 Worst Aircraft Crashes in Australia

 

NOTE - The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) was re-titled as the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) on 20 June 1941.

Did you know that there were at least 219 military aircraft crashes or
mishaps in the Townsville area during World War 2?

"You won't have any trouble finding your way to Darwin. Just follow the trail of crashed Kittyhawks, you can't go wrong."

The words of the Corporal in charge of the refuelling crew at Cloncurry in November 1942.

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DATE LOCATION SERVICE AIRCRAFT SERIAL NO.
Unknown Robbery Shoals, Rib Reef, 30kms NE of Palm Island ? possibly a Beaufighter ?
Unknown Harvey's Range USAAF B-25 Mitchell ?
Unknown Cape Sandwich, Hinchinbrook Island USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress ?
Unknown Palm Island USN Catalina ?
Unknown Calliope Channel, Palm Island USN Catalina ?
Unknown Philips Reef USAAF B-25 Mitchell? ?
Unknown 1 mile off Pallarenda USAAF A-20G Havoc ?
Unknown Kings Reef USAAF B-25 Mitchell? ?
6 Nov 40 5 miles north east of Ayr or 50 miles south east of Townsville RAAF Moth Minor A21-25
22 Nov 40 26 miles south of Townsville RAAF Wirraway A20-70
30 Jun 41 Townsville RAAF Wirraway A20-118
abt 1942 Charters Towers USAAF A-20 Havoc ?
16 Jan 42 Townsville USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Plane No. 9
19 Jan 42 Unknown RAAF Hudson A16-143
abt Feb 42 Near Townsville USAAF B-17E Flying Fortress "Globe Trotter"
22 Feb 42 Townsville USAAF B-17E #41-2416 "San Antonio Rose"
25 Feb 42 Unknown USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress ? Could this be the one above ?
27 Feb 42 Cleveland Bay RAAF Empire flying boat, Short S23 C-Class S.849  A18-12, G-AEUG "Coogee" VH-ABC, 6 killed
abt March 42 Reid River USAAF B-26 #-40-1392
"Old Timer", 1 killed
3 Mar 42 Townsville area USAAF B-25 Mitchell ?
13 Mar 42 Garbutt airfield RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-4
18 Mar 42 Garbutt airfield RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-13
19 Mar 42 near Townsville RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-2
19 Mar 42 near Townsville RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-3
25 Mar 42 Near Townsville RAAF on loan to USAAF Moth Minor Serial No unknown
abt Apr 42 Between Townsville & Port Moresby USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress ?
abt Apr 42 Weir RAAF Kittyhawk A29-68
6 Apr 42 Charters Towers USAAF B-25C Mitchell 41-12514
8 Apr 42 Townsville area USAAF B-25 Mitchell ?
11 Apr 42 Woodstock USAAF P-39 Airacobra 2nd Lt. Bernard P. Gillingham killed
21 Apr 42 Off Palm Island USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1419, 7 killed
21 Apr 42 Garbutt USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1473, 8 killed
21 Apr 42 Sea near Townsville USAAF B-25 Mitchell ?
22 Apr 42 Reid River USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1447
abt May 42 Garbutt airfield ? Fairey Battle ?
4 May 42 Between Garbutt and Rabaul? USAAF F-4 Lightning ?, 1 killed, Cpt. Conolly of 8th Photo Recon Sqn.
4 May 42 near Townsville (possibly Toonpan area) USAAF F-4 Lightning ?
7 May 42 Charters Towers USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress #41-2631
9 May 42 Charters Towers USAAC B-25 Mitchell 7 killed?
10 May 42 Unknown USAAF B-26 Marauder ?
10 May 42 Woodstock USAAF P-400 ?
10 May 42 Great Palm Island RAAF Wirraway A20-457
12 May 42 Antil Plains USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1477
14 May 42 Near Townsville possibly Cleveland Bay USAAF P-39 Airacobra  
15 May 42 Reid River USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1390, "Lil De Icer", 8 killed
15 May 42

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USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1489
20 May 42

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USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1405
24 May 42 Giru RAAF Hudson A16-191 (collided with A16-194 below)
24 May 42 Giru RAAF Hudson A16-194 (collided with A16-191 above)
5 Jun 42 Into the sea off Cape Bowling Green about 65 kms east of Townsville RAAF Kittyhawk A29-70, 1 killed
5 Jun 42 Charters Towers USAAF Douglass A-24 Dauntless 41-15816, collided with A-24 shown below. 1 killed (not sure which aircraft he was from)
5 Jun 42 Charters Towers USAAF Douglas A-24 Dauntless 41-15774, collided with A-24 shown above.
7 Jun 42 Woodstock RAAF Wirraway A20-490
7 Jun 42 Woodstock RAAF Wirraway A20-493
8 Jun 42 Charters Towers USAAC Douglas A-24 Dauntless 41-15821
23 Jun 42 Charters Towers USAAF DC-2 ?
26 Jun 42 Mount Louisa RAAF Wirraway A20-84
2 Jul 42 Woodstock USAAF P-39 Airacobra 1st Lt George L. Austin killed
19 Jul 42 near Townsville RAAF Kittyhawk A29-85 "Y" for Wurry flown by "Bluey" Truscott. Collided with A29-71 (see below)
19 Jul 42 near Townsville RAAF Kittyhawk A29-71, collided with A29-85 (see above)
19 Jul 42 El Arish area RAAF Tiger Moth A17-476
20 Jul 42 near Palm Island RAAF Catalina A24-27
22 Jul 42 Charters Towers USAAF B-26 Marauder 40-1518
24 Jul 42 Charters Towers USAAF Douglas RA-20A-1 Boston #40-112
27 Jul 42 Woodstock airfield area USAAF P-39 Airacobra 1 killed
28 Jul 42 Charters Towers USAAC Douglas RA-20A-1 Boston #40-3161
14 Aug 42 10 miles north east of Charters Towers USAAF Bell P-400 BW144, c/n14-336
16 Aug 42 unknown location USAAC Unknown aircraft 6 killed, including 2 from 19th BG
22 Aug 42 Bohle River? RAAF Beaufighter A19-54
abt Sep 42 saltpan at Pimlico after taking off from Stock Route Airstrip USAAF P-38 Lightning Piloted by Ralph K. Watts
9 Sep 42 Charters Towers USAAF A-20 Havoc 13 ground service personnel died in this accident.
10 Sep 42 Halifax Bay USAAF Tiger Moth Captain Bevlock killed, collided with P-39 Airacobra below
10 Sep 42 Halifax Bay USAAF P-39 Airacobra Collided with Tiger Moth above
15 Sep 42 last contact 25 miles from Townsville USAAF B-25 Mitchell ?
24 Sep 42 Charters Towers USAAC B-25C Mitchell 4 killed, #41-12890, "Sunsetter"
25 Sep 42 between Townsville and Mareeba USAAF P-39 Airacobra #41-38339, Capt. Paul G. Brown killed
Late 42 Stock Route Airstrip RAAF Oxford ?
5 Oct 42 4 miles downstream from Burdekin Rail Bridge, Home Hill USAAF P-39 Aircaobra  
5 Oct 42 1.5 miles upstream from the above aircraft i.e. 2.5 miles downstream from the Burdekin Rail Bridge, Home Hill USAAF P-39 Airacobra  
22 Oct 42 Cockle Bay, Magnetic Island RAAF Beaufort A9-26, 4 killed
23 Oct 42 last contact 25 miles from Townsville USAAF B-25 Mitchell ?
24 Oct 42 Charters Towers USAAC Douglas RA-20A-1 Boston #40-82
abt Nov 42 Palm Island RAAF Wirraway A20-?
1 Nov  42 Townsville area USAAF P-39 Airacobra ?
2 Nov 42 Townsville USAAC B-25D Mitchell #41-29702 "Satan's Pet"
bef 9 Nov 42 Unknown USAAC Unknown 1 killed
abt Dec 42 Bowen RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-131 (#41-36082)
1 Dec 42 Charters Towers USAAF B-25 Mitchell #41-29728
10 Dec 42 15 miles east of Palm Island RAAF Beaufort A9-161
23 Dec 42 Stock Route Airstrip RAAF DC2 A30-6
23 Dec 42 Reid River USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1481, "Dumbo"
30 Dec 42 Beach near Townsville Town Common USAAF RA-20A-1 Boston #40-3150, 1 killed
31 Dec 42 Coral Sea between Port Moresby and Charters Towers USAAF B-25D Mitchell #41-29733, "Hell's Belles", 12-14 killed
31 Dec 42 Between Charters Towers and Townsville USAAF B-25D Mitchell #41-29698, "The Bird Dog", 8 killed
abt Jan 43 Bohle River area RAAF Beaufort A9-?
abt Jan 43 Garbutt USAAF B-26 Marauder ?
2 Jan 43 (1) Townsville, possible at Depot No. 2, Mount Louisa USAAF P-22B #3778, from the 45th Service Group based at Depot #2 (Townsville Air Depot) involved in a ground accident
7 Jan 43 Coral Sea area enroute from Charters Towers to Port Moresby USAAF B-25 Mitchell #41-12483, "Not in Stock", 9 killed
8 Jan 43 30 miles north west of Charters Towers USAAF Bell P-400 AH738, c/n14-169
8 Jan 43 Townsville USAAF C-47A  
28 Jan 43 north of Charters Towers USAAF P-39 Airacobra  
29 Jan 43 (1) On a beach near Townsville USAAF CW-22B Curtiss Falcon #3771
8 Feb 43 Bowen RAAF Supermarine Seagull V A2-9
23 Feb 44 (1) Townsville USAAF? C-47A Dakota #42-100619
26 Feb 43 Garbutt airfield ANA ex RNEIAF C-56 LT9-24, X2, VH-CAJ
29 Feb 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? CW-22B #771
abt Mar 43 Garbutt RAAF Kittyhawk A29-4
2 Mar 43 Townsville USAAF P-38 Lightning ?
9 Mar 43 Woodstock USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1480 "Thunderbird", 1 killed
29 Mar 43 (1) Townsville USAAF P-70 Havoc #39-768
1 Apr 43 Townsville RAAF Seagull A2-13
7 Apr 43 Rattlesnake Island RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-462
8 Apr 43 Townsville USAAC B-25C Mitchell #41-12904, "Half Pound Mary", 4 killed
8 Apr 43 Unknown USAAF B-25 Mitchell ?
12 Apr 43 slipway area at Bowen RAAF Catalina A24-24
8 May 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-40E Kittyhawk #41-365
11 May 43 3 miles north of Magnetic Island, Townsville USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk #41-35954, 1 killed
23 May 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? B-25 Mitchell #41-29703
27 May 43 submerged reef near Bowen lighthouse RAAF Catalina A24-48
28 May 43 Woodstock USAAF B-25D Mitchell #41-30045
"The Round Robin"
4 Jun 43 Garbutt airfield USAAF B-26 Marauder #40-1522
13 Jun 43 Garbutt aerodrome RAAF Spitfire EE-954, pilot killed
13 Jun 43 Garbutt aerodrome RAAF Spitfire JG-897
14 Jun 43 20 miles east of Townsville RAAF Beaufort A9-295
22 Jun 43 Garbutt airfield USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Major George S. Aubert killed
27 Jun 43 Charters Towers USAAF B-25D Mitchell Collided with B-25 below, 11 killed overall.
27 Jun 43 Charters Towers USAAF B-25D Mitchell Collided with B-25 above, 11 killed overall.
6 Jul 43 2 miles SW Bohle River airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-264
10 Jul 43 Bohle River airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-229
11 Jul 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-40 Kittyhawk #41-35950
17 Jul 43 Garbutt aerodrome USAAF B-25 Mitchell #41-30324
17 Jul 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? C-47 #41-18568
21 Jul 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? B-25D Mitchell #41-30275
abt Aug 43 Ross River airfield RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-443 (#42-104725)
5 Aug 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? B-25 Mitchell #41-30183
5 Aug 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? C-47A Dakota #42-23653
6 Aug 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? CW-22B #65-3761
7 Aug 43 Into Cleveland Bay, Townsville USAAF C-47 Dakota #41-7733,  27 killed
13 Aug 43 Breddan RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-105
16 Aug 43 Ross River RAAF Beaufort A9-383
17 Aug 43 Bowen RAAF Catalina A24-24, 14 killed
18 Aug 43 14miles south east of APO 710 - Charters Towers USAAF P-39F Airacobra #41-7233, 1 killed
29 Aug 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-38 Lightning #42-66823
30 Aug 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-39F Airacobra #41-7203
7 Sep 43 Cleveland Bay, Townsville RAAF Catalina A24-52, 13 killed
14 Sep 43 Reid River USAAF B-25 Mitchell 41-30410
14 Sep 43 Bowen ? PBY-5 Catalina 2424, VP-101
23 Sep 43 Rattlesnake Island USAAF B-25 Mitchell possibly B-25G #42-64882 (1), M/Sgt. Helton, Major Robert P. Duncan and others killed
29 Sep 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-40E Kittyhawk #41-36244
1 Oct 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-40E Kittyhawk #41-36157
5 Oct 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-40N Kittyhawk #42-105817
24 Oct 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? A-20G #42-54093
abt Nov 43 Aitkenvale RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-498 (#42-104720)
abt Nov 43 Breddan RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-202 (JL348), ground collision with A58-230 (see below)
abt Nov 43 Breddan RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-230 (LZ934), ground collision with A58-202 (see above)
12 Nov 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? O-47A #37-282
20 Nov 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-47 #42-22656
20 Nov 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? L-4B Grasshopper? #43-1033
22 Nov 43 on a mud flat near Garbutt airfield USAAF A-24 #41-15821
1 Dec 43 Townsville USAAF C-47A Dakota ?
1 Dec 43 Townsville USAAF C-47A Dakota Collided with another C-47 (see below)
1 Dec 43 Townsville USAAF C-47A Dakota Collided with another C-47 (see above)
4 Dec 43 (1) Townsville USAAF? A-20G #42-54139
5 Dec 43 Townsville USAAF CW-22B Curtiss Falcon #3771
28 Dec 43 Mt. Elliott USAAF P-38J Lightning #42-67604, The pilot was Capt. Bobby R. Taylor
abt Jan 44 mouth of Alligator Creek USAAF C-46 a9 Commando C46-?
12 Jan 44 (1) FAFSC Depot No. 2 (Assumed Townsville) USAAF? P-40K Kittyhawk #42-46285
20 Jan 44 APO 926 (Townsville) USAAF? Tiger Moth #960
28 Jan 44 Unknown USAAF B-25G Mitchell 42-64881
5 Feb 44 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-47D #42-22656
9 Feb 44 (1) Townsville USAAF? B-24D Liberator #42-40510
14 Feb 44 Townsville harbour RAAF Seagull A2-5
17 Feb 44 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-47D #42-76035
18 Feb 44 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-47D #42-22952
21 Feb 44 Port Moresby - Townsville USAAF B-25 Mitchell #41-30374
23 Feb 44 Garbutt Airfield, Townsville USAAF C-47A-65-DL Dakota (Skytrain) #42-100619
25 Feb 44 (1) Townsville USAAF? P-38J Lightning #42-103994
8 Mar 44 (1) Townsville USAAF? C-87 Liberator (VIP aircraft?) #41-24160
21 Mar 44 5 miles south east of Fanning Airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-452, 3 died
28 Mar 44 near Leichardt Creek, north of Bluewater Creek USAAF B-24J Liberator #42-73483, 7 killed
8 Apr 44 (1) Young Bay, Magnetic Island, Townsville USAAF C-47A-60-DL Dakota #42-24396 of 56TCS, 375TCG, piloted by Charles S. Kelley, RAAF Crash Boat 08-12 picked up 18 personnel from the water
abt Jun 44 near Giru RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-383 (JG415) crash landed
19 Jun 44 Aitkenvale airfield RAAF Kittyhawk A29-704
abt Jul 44 Ross River strip RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-603 (#43-23205)
25 Sep 44 Townsville area USAAF B-25 Mitchell ?
28 Nov 44 Townsville RAAF Short Sunderland flying boat  A26-6
abt Nov 44 Off Arcadia, Magnetic Island USAAF P-38 Lightning ?
4 Nov 44 Breddan RAAF Wirraway ?, collided with Vultee Vengeance (see below)
4 Nov 44 Breddan RAAF Vultee Vengeance ?, collided with Wirraway (see above)
abt Jan 45 Breddan airfield RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-480 (#42-104681)
24 Feb 45 Bowen RAAF Beaufort A9-199
abt Mar 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40M Kittyhawk A29-330 (#43-5434)
abt Mar 45 Ross River RAAF Kittyhawk A29-443
9 Mar 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40M Kittyhawk A29-335 #43-5652), collided with A29-342 (see below)
9 Mar 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40M Kittyhawk A29-342 (#43-5422), collided with A29-335 (see above)
11 Mar 45 north of Bowen RAAF Beaufort A9-566
16 Mar 45 Alligator Creek - Crocodile Creek area RAAF Kittyhawk A29-443
8 Apr 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-446 (#42-104728)
abt Apr 45 near Ross River airfield RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-1185 (#44-47805), collided with A29-1220 (see below)
abt Apr 45 near Ross River airfield RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-1220 (#44-47918), collided with A29-1185 (see above)
16 May 45 Garbutt RAAF Beaufighter A19-207
4 Jul 45 Garbutt RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk ? collided with Kittyhawk below
4 Jul 45 Bohle River RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk ? collided with Kittyhawk above
7 Jul 45 Bohle River RAAF P-51 Mustang A68-506
31 Jul 45 Garbutt RAAF Beaufighter, Mark 21 A8-126
abt Aug 45 Breddan RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-1200 (#44-47828)
5 Aug 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF Mustang A68-546
7 Aug 45 Ross River airfield RAAF P-51K Mustang A68-565 (#44-12512)
9 Aug 45 into the sea near Townsville between Bay Rock and West Point on Magnetic Island RAAF Mustang A68-501
8 Sep 45 north of Townsville USAAF B-25 Mitchell #43-4913
abt Oct 45 Breddan RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-1190 (#44-47811)
16 Oct 45 near Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40 N20 Kittyhawk A29-481 (#42-104703)
abt Nov 45 * Garbutt aerodrome RAAF Beaufort A9-466
13 Nov 45 1 mile west of Garbutt airfield RAAF Beaufort VIII A9-733 (ex A9-367), 7 killed
18 Nov 45 Garbutt aerodrome RAAF Beaufighter A19-51
21 Nov 45 Garbutt aerodrome RAAF B-24J A72-340 (#44-28096) Force landing
abt Nov 45 Garbutt RAAF Beaufort A9-733
Late 1945 Townsville New Zealand C-47 Dakota ?

 

AFTER WW2

23 May 46 Garbutt RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-1123
25 Mar 47 Saddle Mountain (near Giru) RAAF Mosquito A52-607, 2 killed

 

 

MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WORLD WAR 2

Australian Capital Territory New South Wales
Northern Territory

Queensland

South Australia Tasmania
Victoria Western Australia
Norfolk Island Unknown

 

SOURCES

(1) From Mike Stowe (Accident-Report.Com).

 

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