15 MAY 1942
CRASH OF A B-26 MARAUDER
AT ANTIL PLAINS AIRFIELD, QLD
B-26 Marauder, #40-1489 of 2nd Squadron, 22nd Bombardment Group, made a hard landing at Antil Plains Airfield on 15 May 1942 and buckled its fuselage.
Date: Sun, 25 Jul 1999 14:36:04 -0700
From: Cyril Klimesh <email@example.com>
Re: #1489. reported as having made a hard landing and buckling the fuselage. The ship was flown from the US by Lt. Sutton. A 2nd Sad combat record shows him flying her on a search mission for an enemy convoy on 8 May. This 8 May report concludes: "40-1489 returned to Townsville due to mechanical trouble."
A 22nd Group history notes that 40-1489 was lost 15 May 1942 as a result of "Hard landing, buckled fuselage" due to "Personal Failure". Pilot's name is not given. I found no further mention of the plane. On 16 May and subsequent missions, Sutton was flying 40-1480.
Keep 'em Flying!
SOURCE:- 22nd Bombardment Group Home Page
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