FORCE LANDING OF A BEAUFIGHTER
AT COOMALIE CREEK
ON 31 MAY 1943
Five Beaufighters from 31 Squadron RAAF based at Coomalie Creek airfield in the Northern Territory made a raid on Langgoer air base on Monday 31 May 1943. They were intercepted by Japanese over the target and chased halfway back by Zeros. McCutcheon in Beaufighter A19-103, was badly shot up and while landing, his undercarriage collapsed. There were no injuries.
"Coomalie Charlie's Commandos - 31 Squadron
RAAF" (page 82)
"Beaufighters at Darwin 1942-43"
by Kenneth Neal McDonald, DFC
© Peter Dunn 2015
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This page last updated 30 August 2015