5 NOVEMBER 1944
CRASH OF A BOOMERANG AIRCRAFT
ON A HILLSIDE NEAR MOUNT MOLLOY, QLD
RAAF Boomerang, A46-192, of 5 Squadron based at Mareeba, crashed into thick jungle on a hillside near Mount Molloy on 5 November 1944. The Boomerang was flying low during a tactical reconnaissance exercise when he crashed into the hillside. It exploded on impact and burnt fiercely killing the pilot Flying Officer Robert John Granger (434950) who was subsequently buried at the Atherton War Cemetery.
NOTE:- Guy Gowan contacted me in May 2000, an told me that the Boomerang at Mount Molloy was located up Spear Creek just off an old logging track. The last time Guy had visited the site a fair bit of the wreckage had been collected by a rebuilder down south. Guy said there are other aircraft crashes in the area that he had been looking for over the years but it would seem the wrecks have been removed as no trace can be found near the reported positions. Guy said he had given the crash sites to Richard Rudd and he was trying to locate them from his aerial photo collection .
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