4 JULY 1945
COLLISION OF TWO KITTYHAWKS
JUST NORTH OF TOWNSVILLE
Two Kittyhawks from 86 Squadron RAAF, P-40N-1 Kittyhawk A29-460 (#42-10472) piloted by Flying Officer Graham Strout (5624) and P-40N-1 Kittyhawk A29-484 (#42-104707) piloted by Pilot Officer Philip Ross Evans (422541) collided in mid air just north of Townsville on 4 July 1945. They were performing Section formation cross-over turns at a position about three miles north west of Cape Pallarenda.
Two Confirmatory Memorandums from Squadron Leader A. Hays state that A29-484 made a forced landing at Garbutt Airfield and A29-460 returned to base at Bohle River Airfield.
Neither pilot was injured. The Court of Enquiry offered cautionary advice.
"Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"
By Geoffrey Pentland & Peter Malone
1943-45 - Men, Kittyhawks and Mustangs"
By Peter F. Howard
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