MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES
IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
DURING 1942

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 retitled as the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) on 20 June 1941.

Did you know that there were at least 153 military aircraft crashes or
mishaps in the Northern Territory during 1942?

"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.
8 Jan 42 Maranboy USAAF Douglas A-24-DE Dauntless #41-15803
28 Jan 42 Batchelor USAAF B-17 #40-3067
Feb 42 Batchelor USAAF Douglas A-24-DE Dauntless #41-15815, crashed on take off, condemned 7 Nov 1942
4 Feb 42 Bathurst Island USAAF Douglas C-53 #41-20051
6 Feb 42 Daly Waters USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk  
6 Feb 42 Darwin USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk  
15 Feb 42 in the sea between Timor and Darwin USAAF P-40E Kittyhawk Lt. Robert J. Buel killed. Shot down by "Mavis" flying boat (see below)
15 Feb 42 in the sea between Timor and Darwin Japanese 21st Air Flotilla Kawanishi H6K "Mavis" flying boat 2 killed. Shot down by P-40E Kittyhawk (see above)
17 Feb 42 Darwin Civil airfield USAAF Douglas A-24-DE Dauntless #41-15794
16-19 Feb 42 between Brisbane and Darwin USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk One of 3 P-40's that crashed out of 17 being ferried to Darwin
16-19 Feb 42 between Brisbane and Darwin USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk One of 3 P-40's that crashed out of 17 being ferried to Darwin
16-19 Feb 42 between Brisbane and Darwin USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk One of 3 P-40's that crashed out of 17 being ferried to Darwin
19 Feb 42 Bathurst Island airfield USAAF Douglas C-53 #41-20051 was destroyed during Japanese air raid. Was previously damaged in forced landing on 4 Feb 42
19 Feb 42 Darwin Civil airfield USAAF Douglas A-24-DE Dauntless #41-15794
19 Feb 42 near Gunn Point, east of Darwin USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Jack Peres 33rd Pursuit Squadron USAAF killed, shot down by Japanese aircraft. 
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Lt. Elton S. Perry of 33rd Pursuit Squadron USAAF killed, shot down by Japanese aircraft.
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Lt. Charles Hughes of 33rd Pursuit Squadron USAAF killed, hit by Japanese aircraft, 
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Major Floyd Pell of 33rd Pursuit Squadron USAAF killed when he bailed out too low after aircraft hit hit by Japanese aircraft, 
19 Feb 42 Darwin USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Aircraft flown by Lt. William R. Walker, destroyed on the ground during Japanese bombing raid on Darwin after landing following wounds to the left shoulder
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Lt. Robert McMahon of 33rd Pursuit Squadron USAAF bailed out, when his aircraft hit by Japanese aircraft
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Lt. Burt H. Rice of 33rd Pursuit Squadron USAAF bailed out, when aircraft hit by Japanese aircraft
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk ?, destroyed by Japanese aircraft, 33rd Pursuit Squadron USAAF
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk ?, destroyed by Japanese aircraft, 33rd Pursuit Squadron USAAF
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk ?, damaged by Japanese aircraft during a dog fight over Darwin
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Lt. Bert Glover, crashed on airfield, aircraft then destroyed on the ground by strafing Japanese aircraft
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour US Navy PBY Catalina #4 (BUAERO Number: 1214, ex- 102-P-27, ex- 102-P-12, ex- 1-P-12) of Patwing 10, destroyed by Japanese aircraft
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour US Navy PBY Catalina #8 (BUAERO Number: 1233, ex- 101-P-8,  ex- 18-P-8) of Patwing 10, destroyed by Japanese aircraft
19 Feb 42 In Darwin Harbour US Navy PBY Catalina #41 (ex- Y-41) of Patwing 10, destroyed by Japanese aircraft
19 Feb 42 near Bathurst Island US Navy Catalina Bu. No. 2306
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Hudson Destroyed during Japanese bombing raid
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Hudson Destroyed during Japanese bombing raid
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Hudson Destroyed during Japanese bombing raid
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Hudson Destroyed during Japanese bombing raid
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Hudson Destroyed during Japanese bombing raid
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Hudson Destroyed during Japanese bombing raid
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Hudson Destroyed during Japanese bombing raid
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Hudson Badly damaged in hangar during Japanese bombing raid on Darwin
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Wirraway A20-232 of 12 Squadron, damaged by shrapnel during Japanese bombing raid
19 Feb 42 Darwin airfield RAAF Wirraway 12 Squadron, damaged during Japanese bombing raid
19 Feb 42 Darwin USAAF LB-30A Liberator AL521, 1 killed, 1 wounded
19 Feb 42 Melville Island Japanese A6m2 "Zero" BII-124
19 Feb 42 Darwin area Japanese D3A "Val" Shot down by Lt. Oestreicher
19 Feb 42 Darwin area Japanese D3A "Val" Shot down by Lt. Oestreicher
19 Feb 42 Darwin area Japanese D3A "Val" shot down by a cone of gunfire from town's defences
25 Feb 42 Between Biak and Darwin USAAF C-46D Commando #42-96784
14 Mar 42 Daly Waters USAAF B-17D Flying Fortress #40-3079, 1 killed4 injured.
14 Mar 42 Cloncurry - Daly Waters USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Lost & out of fuel, forced landing at sheep station
14 Mar 42 Cloncurry - Daly Waters USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Lost & out of fuel, forced landing at sheep station
14 Mar 42 Cloncurry - Daly Waters USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Lost & out of fuel, forced landing at sheep station
14 Mar 42 Cloncurry - Daly Waters USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Lost & out of fuel, forced landing at sheep station
14 Mar 42 near Bremer Island off Cape Arnhem USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Hopelessly lost after a Japanese air raid on Horn Island
17 Mar 42 Daly Waters USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Pilot Lt. Spehr killed
aft 18 Mar 42 Daly Waters USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk crash landing, pilot 2nd Lt. Sid Woods
18 Mar 42 In sea off Cape Fourcroy RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-??
20 Mar 42 Joseph Bonaparte Gulf area, 63 miles north east of Wyndham RAAF Wirraway A20-62
22 Mar 42 west of Bathurst Island Japanese Mitsubishi Ki-15  
22 Mar 42 Darwin Harbour QANTAS Short Empire S.23 flying boat G-AEUF "Corinthian", 2 killed
28 Mar 42 Darwin area Japanese Mitsubishi G4M Shot down by Bob Vaught of 49 FG during Jap bombing raid 
28 Mar 42 Darwin area Japanese Mitsubishi G4M Shot down by Bills Sells of 49 FG during Jap bombing raid 
28 Mar 42 Darwin area Japanese Mitsubishi G4M Possibly shot down by Steven Poleschuk of 49 FG during Jap bombing raid 
30 Mar 42 Darwin area USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk McComsey bailed out during a bombing raid on Darwin RAAF airfield.
30 Mar 42 Darwin RAAF Airfield area Japanese Type "O" SSF Shot down during bombing raid on airfield.
31 Mar 42 off north shore of Cox Peninsula Japanese Zero Shot down during bombing raid on Darwin
31 Mar 42 Batchelor airfield USAAF P-40E Kittyhawk #41-5574 "Elmer", Belly landed after being shot by Zero over Darwin
31 Mar 42 Middle Point, Darwin area USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk One of eight P-40's lost over Darwin in period 28 Mar - 27 Apr
28 Mar - 27 Apr 42 Darwin area USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk One of eight P-40's lost over Darwin in period 28 Mar - 27 Apr
28 Mar - 27 Apr 42 Darwin area USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk One of eight P-40's lost over Darwin in period 28 Mar - 27 Apr
28 Mar - 27 Apr 42 Darwin area USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk One of eight P-40's lost over Darwin in period 28 Mar - 27 Apr
4 Apr 42 Cox Peninsula, Darwin USAAF P-40E Kittyhawk #41-5551, #74. Shot down by Australian Anti-aircraft fire during a Japanese air raid, pilot Lt. Gardiner
4 Apr 42 34 Mile Strip USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk 2nd. Lt. Livingstone killed
12 Apr 42 Bynoe Bay RAAF Wirraway A20-90
21 Apr 42 Annaburro Station, 6 miles from Burrundi and 23 miles north west of Pine Creek Guinea Airways Lockheed 14W VH-ADY "Adelaide", 12 killed (2 RAAF, 10 USAAF)
23 Apr 42 Between Darwin and Koepang RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-182
25 Apr 42 Bathurst Island USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk
25 Apr 42 Darwin area Japanese Bomber ?
27 Apr 42 Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk 2nd Lt. Owen R. Fish killed
shot down by Jap Zero
27 Apr 42 Darwin Harbour USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Captain Strauss killed
shot down by Jap Zero
27 Apr 42 South of Cape Charles lighthouse, near Darwin USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Flown by 2nd Lt. Harvey Martin
shot down by Jap Zero
27 Apr 42 near Cape Charles lighthouse, Darwin USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk Flown by 2nd Lt. Steven Andrews
shot down by Jap Zero
27 Apr 42 Darwin area Japanese G4M Shot down by Captain George Kiser
27 Apr 42 Darwin area Japanese G4M Shot down by Captain George Kiser
27 Apr 42 Darwin area Japanese Zero Shot down by Captain George Kiser
27 Apr 42 Darwin area Japanese Zero Shot down by 2nd Lt. Zawisza
27 Apr 42 Darwin area Japanese Zero Shot down by 2nd Lt. Steven Andrews
27 Apr 42 Darwin area Japanese Zero possibly destroyed
29 Apr 42 Batchelor USAAF Kittyhawk General Hal George,  2nd Lt. Jasper & War Correspondent Mel Jacoby killed
4 May 42 (1) Darwin USAAF P-40E Kittyhawk #41-24818
10 May 42 On a Darwin Beach USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk 41-35941 (#38), Pilot Lt Linder 
19 May 42 Arnhem Land RAAF Gannet A14-6
25 May 42 NE of Alice Springs airfield USAAF C-39 (DC-2) 9 killed, VH-CCA, #38-505
2 Jun 42 Batchelor airfield USAAF Kittyhawk #41-5553
5 Jun 42 10 miles east of Livingstone airfield USAAF Kittyhawk #41-24816, 2nd Lt. Miller killed
6 Jun 42 Adelaide River Airfield USAAF Kittyhawk Heavy landing, Lt. Johnson
10 Jun 42 Brocks Creek, 20 miles south of Adelaide River USAAF Kittyhawk #41-5557, 2nd Lt. Payne killed
11 Jun 42 Brocks Creek USAAF Kittyhawk #41-5621, Pilot was Lt. Don Dittler who bailed out
13 Jun 42 Gun Point USAAF Kittyhawk #41-25181, #50, ex A29-96. Pilot Lt. Alford
15 Jun 42 On beach in Hyland Bay RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-175
16 Jun 42 Darwin Harbour USAAF Kittyhawk Shot down during Japanese bombing raid on Darwin Town area. Lt. Namola listed as MIA.
16 Jun 42 southern shore of Melville Island USAAF Kittyhawk Shot down during Japanese bombing raid on Darwin Town area. Pilot Lt. Martin
16 Jun 42 Darwin Harbour USAAF Kittyhawk Shot down during Japanes bombing raid on Darwin Town area. Pilot 2nd Lt. Harris
16 Jun 42 Cox Peninsula near Darwin USAAF Kittyhawk Forced landing after being hit during a Japanese bombing raid on Darwin - Pilot Lt. Reynolds
16 Jun 42 artillery range, 20 miles south of Livingstone airfield USAAF Kittyhawk Belly landing after being hit during a Japanese bombing raid on Darwin - Pilot Lt. McComsey
16 Jun 42 Darwin area Japanese Zero Shot down by 2nd Lt. Fowler
16 Jun 42 into the sea near Darwin Japanese Zero Shot down by Donalson and Sauber
16 Jun 42 into the sea near Darwin Japanese Zero Shot down by Donalson and Sauber
17 Jun 42 Timor Sea RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-132
22 Jun 42 about 1 mile east of the northern end of Livingstone airfield USAAF Warhawk (Kittyhawk) #48 "Sissy", Lt. Fielder killed
27 Jun 42 possibly near Darwin? USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress 93 BS, of 19 BG
30 Jun 42 Into sea 20 miles from Darwin USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress ?
30 Jun 42 approx 20 Miles from Darwin, near Noonamah (near Hughes airfield) USAAF B-17E Flying Fortress #41-9014 of 19th Bomb Group, 3 crew members killed
1 Jul 42 10 miles south of Katherine RAAF Tiger Moth ?
12 Jul 42 west of Manton Reservoir USAAF P-40 Kittyhawk #41-5509, #85 "Tarheel", mid-air collision with #87 (see below). Pilot Lt. Preddy.
12 Jul 42 west of Manton Reservoir USAAF P-40 Kitttyhawk #87, mid-air collision with #85 (see above) 2nd Lt. Sauber killed.
16 Jul 42 3 miles south of Livingstone airfield USAAC P-40 Kittyhawk 41-24809, #83 "Mauree"
30 Jul 42 Arafura Sea RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-234
abt Aug 42 Wamberal (is it in NT?) RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-25 (BR471)
2 Aug 42 Bomb Range, Pine Creek RAAF Wirraway A20-544
18 Aug 42 Alice Springs Airfield RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-??
19 Aug 42 Alice Springs Airfield RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-??
20 Aug 42 Batchelor USAAC Kittyhawk #41-24818
23 Aug 42 15 miles north west of Batchelor USAAC Kittyhawk #41-24868
23 Aug 42 Batchelor Airfield RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-??
25 Aug 42 Beach in Anson Bay RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-??
29 Aug 42 Batchelor airfield USAAF C-47 Dakota "On Riskey Business", #41-7688  C 49-DO  c/n 3273  VH-CDM  
7 Sep 42 On Melville Island, north of Darwin RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-60, piloted by John Gorton
16 Sep 42 incident over Anson Bay RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-63, #41-13528
22 Sep 42 Wilson Airfield (later Venn Airfield) RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-65
27 Sep 42? Darwin RAAF Buffalo A51-6 (destroyed on the ground during Japanese bombing raid on Darwin)
1 Oct 42 Between Darwin and Koepang RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-243
1 Oct 42 Batchelor airfield RAAF Kittyhawk A29-104, #41-25114
3 Oct 42 40 miles south west of Batchelor, near Mt. Litchfield RAAF Wirraway A20-503
12 Oct 42 Batchelor airfield RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-62 (#41-5734)
21 Oct 42 ? NEI-AF B-25D 18 Sqn NEI-AF
25 Oct 42 Between Batchelor and Koepang RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-170
25 Oct 42 Between Darwin and Koepang RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-137
31 Oct 42 Adelaide River RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-116, #41-36097
abt Nov 42 Coomalie Creek RAAF Beaufighter A19-65
3 Nov 42 off Cape Helvetius, Bathurst Island USAAC B-26 Marauder #41-17593, 1 killed
4 Nov 42 near Batchelor RAAF Beaufighter A19-31?
4 Nov 42 near Batchelor RAAF Beaufighter ?
4 Nov 42 near Batchelor RAAF Beaufighter ?
13 Nov 42 At mouth of Daly River RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-59
20 Nov 42 2 miles west of Livingstone RAAF P-38 Lightning A55-2
21 Nov 42 Livingstone airfield RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-115, #41-36094
23 Nov 42 near Coomalie Creek Japanese Japanese bomber shot down during bombing raid on Coomalie Creek airfield
23 Nov 42 near Coomalie Creek Japanese Japanese bomber shot down during bombing raid on Coomalie Creek airfield
25 Nov 42 Strauss airfield RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-51, #41-5738
27 Nov 42 Livingstone Airfield RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-55
30 Nov 42 North of Cape Fourcroy, Bathurst Island area RAAF Beaufighter A19-69
abt Dec 42 Coomalie Creek RAAF Beaufighter A19-45
20 Dec 42 between Batchelor and Livingstone airfield RAAF P-40E Kittyhawk A29-112, #41-36098
29 Dec 42 Cape Helvetibg RAAF Beaufighter A19-71
31 Dec 42 Cape Fourcroy, Bathurst Island RAAF Beaufighter ?

 

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MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WORLD WAR 2

Australian Capital Territory New South Wales
Northern Territory

Queensland

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