LOCATED WRECKAGE OF A B-17 FLYING FORTRESS
OR IS IT A B-24 LIBERATOR?
IN WATER OFF CAPE SANDWICH AREA
HINCHINBROOK ISLAND, QLD
On a date unknown, the wreckage of a USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress was located in water 1/2 mile off shore in the Cape Sandwich area on Hinchinbrook Island.
Was this really a B-17? Could it have been a B-24 Liberator perhaps.
Brian Carr has been diving an aircraft wreck near Cape Sandwich on the north eastern end of Hinchinbrook Island for a few years. Brian has taken some video footage a while ago, and has placed it on YouTube. He believes that it is a B-24 Liberator wreck. Could this reference below be linked to this aircraft wreckage near Cape Sandwich on Hinchinbrook Island?
Fifth Air Force
V Air Force Service Command
59th Service Group
14th Emergency Rescue Boat Squadron
Unit History, Month of December 1944
In addition to the other routine missions in the near vicinity, a rescue was made by the last of our boats enroute from Australia to New Guinea and The Philippines. The P-363, under Lt. Ogilvie and crew rescued the crew of a B-24 from Hinchinbrook Island near Townsville. A C-47 buzzed them and dropped a message streamer indicating the location. Within 1 hour and 40 minutes the six survivors were aboard and headed for Townsville and what medical aid that could not be administered by the Surgical Technician aboard.
USAAF B-24J Liberator, #41-100292, crashed into the sea near Innisfail on 28 February 1944 killing all 15 on board. Three bodies were picked up by a freighter off Innisfail about 48 miles north of Cape Sandwich. Is there the remote possibility the aircraft that Brian Carr has found, which he believes is a B-24 Liberator could be connected to the one off Innisfail??
SOURCE:- Aircraft Crash Sites - Australia
Crash: No. 322
Position: 18.14 - 146.18
Department of Aviation Chart No: 3219
"B-24D Liberator Serial Number ?" - Pacific Wrecks
I'd like to thank Brian Carr for his assistance with this web page.
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 21 June 1999
This page last updated 21 June 1999