MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES
IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
DURING 1944

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 88 military aircraft crashes or
mishaps in the Northern Territory during 1944?

"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.
abt Jan 44 Livingstone RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-44 (BR538)
13 Jan 44 10 miles ENE of Strauss airfield RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-63 (BS164), mid-air collision with A58-214 (see below), 1 killed
13 Jan 44 10 miles ENE of Strauss airfield RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-214 (LZ845), mid-air collision with A58-63 (see above), 1 killed
abt Jan 44 Tennant Creek RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-64 (BS166)
abt Jan 44 Strauss airfield RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-111 (EE636) collided on the ground with A58-20 (see below)
abt Jan 44 Strauss airfield RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-20 (BS295) collided on ground with A58-111 (see above)
abt Jan 44 Darwin RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-157 (EF563), ground collision with A58-225 (see below)
abt Jan 44 Darwin RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-225 (LZ881), ground collision with A58-157 (see above)
abt Jan 44 Darwin RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-215 (LZ846), landing collision with B-24 (see below)
abt Jan 44 Darwin ? B-24 Liberator Landing collision with Spitfire A58-215 (see above)
15 Jan 44 Pell RAAF Boomerang A46-140
17 Jan 44 (1) Long Strip USAAF? B-24D Liberator #42-4123
22 Jan 44 Melville Island RAAF Catalina A24-46
27 Jan 44 Millingimbi? RAAF Boomerang A46-130
abt Feb 44 Ian Bay RAAF Beaufighter A19-88
abt Feb 44 Darwin RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-82 (BS201)
abt Feb 44 Livingstone RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-129 (EE734)
abt Feb 44 Coomalie RAAF Beaufighter A19-165
abt Feb 44 near Sattler RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-219 (LZ866)
abt Mar 44 Tennant Creek RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-116 (EE672)
abt Mar 44 Strauss RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-152 (EF557)
abt Mar 44 Livingstone RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-164 (ER760)
11 Mar 44 Darwin Harbour RAAF Dornier flying boat A49-5
15 Mar 44 10 miles NNE of Strauss airfield RAAF Spitfire A58-63, collided with A58-214 below
15 Mar 44 10 miles NNE of Strauss airfield RAAF Spitfire A58-214, collided with A58-63 below
16 Mar 44 (1) Fenton airfield USAAF? B-24J Liberator #42-73332
25 Mar 44 (1) Fenton Airfield USAAF? B-24J Liberator #42-73186
abt Apr 44 near Port Keats RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-527
abt Apr 44 Adelaide River RAAF Beaufighter A19-78
abt Apr 44 Coomalie Creek RAAF Beaufighter A19-98
abt Apr 44 Darwin aerodrome RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-240 (MA394)
3 Apr 44 In mangrove swamp called Paddy's Landing at Adelaide River RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-203
6 Apr 44 Cartier Island RAAF Beaufighter A19-156
18 Apr 44 Pine Creek RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-309 (JF846), 1 killed
24 Apr 44 Darwin area RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-232 (MA353), missing during test flight from Strauss
29 Apr 44 Groote Island area RAAF Catalina A24-49
abt May 44 Sattler RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-220 (LZ867)
17 May 44 Pell airfield RAAF Boomerang A46-143
22 May 44 80 miles south of Gove RAAF Boomerang A46-173, 1 killed
24 May 44 Millingimbi RAAF Boomerang A46-146
29 May 44 Into sea at North Boucaut Bay RAAF Boomerang A46-159
abt Jun 44 Sattler Strip RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-161 (EF589)
abt Jun 44 Livingstone RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-318 (JF937)
abt Jun 44 near Daly Waters RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-359 (JG355)
abt Jun 44 Livingstone airfield RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-376 (JG266)
6 Jun 44 10 miles east of Adelaide River township RAAF B-25 Mitchell A47-13
12 Jun 44 near Point Blaze, Darwin area RAAF Spitfire A58-117, shot down by Japanese aircraft
17 Jun 44 Millingimbi RAAF Beaufort A9-576, collided with Boomerang (see below) while taxying
17 Jun 44 Millingimbi RAAF Boomerang A46-125, hit by taxying Beaufort A9-576 (see above)
19 Jun 44 near Millingimbi RAAF Beaufort A9-392 (13 Sqdn), landing accident
abt Jul 44 near Coomalie Creek RAAF Beaufighter A19-193
abt Jul 44 Pell airfield RAAF Beaufighter A19-143
abt Jul 44 Livingstone airfield RAAF LF.VII Spitfire A58-394 (JG373)
20 Jul 44 about 200 yards offshore near Truscott airfield Japanese Mitsubishi Ki-46-II "Dinah" 2 killed
abt Aug 44 Daly Waters RAAF F.VC Spitfire A58-5 (AR558)
abt Aug 44 Coomalie Creek RAAF Beaufighter A19-172
abt Aug 44 Sattler airfield RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-366 (JG468)
abt Aug 44 Gorrie airfield RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-425 (LV649)
after Aug 44 near Darwin USAAF B-24J Liberator #42-73134, "Milady"
18 Aug 44 Batchelor NEI-AF B-25 Mitchell N5-170
1 Sep 44 on beach on Peron Island RAAF B-25D Mitchell A47-12, (ex NEI-AF N5-199) (#43-3625)
2 Sep 44 Into sea near Peron Island RAAF B-25D Mitchell A47-6 (crashed while searching for A47-12 - see above), 2 killed
3 Sep 44 Into sea off Mindil Beach, Darwin RAAF DH-84 Dragon A34-52
6 Sep 44 Fenton RAAF B-24J Liberator A72-39
18 Sep 44 1 mile east of Cape Van Diemen, Melville Island RAAF Spitfire A58-435, 1 killed after colliding with B-24 #42-40935 shown below.
18 Sep 44 Landed safely at Darwin airfield USAAF B-24 Liberator #42-40935, collided with Spitfire A58-435 above.
24 Sep 44 3 miles due north of Brocks Creek RAAF Beaufighter A19-192, 1 killed
24 Sep 44 Wire Creek 6 miles north of Parla Station in Darwin area RAAF Beaufighter A19-208, 2 killed, one of these was Sqn/Ldr Wilbur Lawrence Wackett, the son of the famous Sir Lawrence James Wackett
abt Oct 44 Darwin Harbour RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-310 (JF847)
abt Oct 44 Darwin RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-335 (JG177)
2 Oct 44 Gove airfield RAAF Ventura A59-75
5 Oct 44 Darwin Harbour RAAF Spitfire A58-310
6 Oct 44 6 miles NE of Pell airfield RAAF Beaufighter A19-203
6 Oct 44 15 miles NE of Karakai Homestead RAAF Wirraway A20-643
9 Oct 44 Darwin Qantas DH-86A VH-USC, QANTAS "Canberra", was once A31-5
11 Oct 44 Darwin Airfield USAAF B-24-D-135-CO Liberator #42-41125 "Gus's Bus II",1 killed
29 Oct 44 Fenton to Darwin area USAAF B-24 Liberator #42-11020
31 Oct 44 Batchelor RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-421
abt Nov 44 Coomalie Creek RAAF Beaufighter A8-17
abt Nov 44 Darwin Harbour RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-302 (JF820)
abt Nov 44 Darwin RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-404 (MD241)
22 Nov 44 near Katherine RAAF Tiger Moth A27-421
abt Dec 44 Hughes airfield RAAF B-25D Mitchell A47-2
abt Dec 44 Hughes airfield RAAF B-25D Mitchell A47-9
abt Dec 44 Bathurst Island RAAF B-25D A47-11
abt Dec 44 Katherine RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-401 (MD226)
abt Dec 44 Katherine RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-450 (JG605) collided with roller when taxying
abt Dec 44 Sattler airfield RAAF LF.VIII Spitfire A58-497 (MT607), crash landed

 

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