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14 Jun 43 Bakers Creek near Mackay USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress #40-2072, "Miss Every Morning Fix'n", 40 killed
19 Dec 43 30 miles north of  Rockhampton near Rossmoya Rd, Canal Creek area USAAF C-47 Dakota VH-CHR, #43-30742?, 31 killed
10 Jun 60 into the sea near Mackay Trans-Australia Airlines F-27 Fokker Friendship VH-TFB, "Abel Tasman", 29 killed
26 Jun 50 York Australian National Airways Pty Ltd Douglas DC-4 VH-ANA (c/n 42910), "Amana", crashed after takeoff from Guildford. 28 killed in crash, 1 other died 2 days later. Total 29 killed.
7 Aug 43 Into Cleveland Bay, Townsville USAAF C-47 Dakota #41-7733,  27 killed
31 Dec 68 Port Hedland MacRobertson-Miller Airlines Vickers Viscount 720 VH-RMQ. Crashed after an in-flight separation of the starboard wing. 26 killed.
10 Mar 46 Frederick Henry Bay about 275 metres from beach and 1.6 km from the western end of Seven-Mile Beach near Cambridge, Tasmania Australian National Airways Pty Ltd Douglas DC-3 (C-47-DL) VH-AET (c/n 6013), crashed 10 minutes after takeoff from Hobart at 8.55 pm. Crash was caused by the pilot engaging the autopilot while the gyroscope was still caged. 25 killed
22 Sep 66  On Nadjayamba Station approx.12 miles west of Winton township and about 13.5 miles short of the airfield Ansett/ANA Vickers 832 Viscount VH-RMI, 24 killed. Suffered a fire in the No.2 cabin air blower. which spread to a fuel tank in the wing where the upper boom of the main spar was heated until it failed under steady flight loads. The port wing failed in flight.
27 Mar 45 Cooktown - Finschhafen USAAF C-47A-90-DL Dakota #43-16011, c/n 20477, 24 killed
27 Mar 43 near Archerfield, Brisbane RAAF C-47 Dakota VH-CTB, A65-2 (A30-16), 23 killed



10 Mar 49 Bilinga, QLD Queensland Airlines Lockheed Lodestar VH-BAG, 21 killed
18 Dec 42 Mt Straloch, Hinchinbrook Island USAAF B-24 Liberator #41-23825 "Texas Terror", 20 killed
16 Nov 43 On Rewan Station south of Springsure USAAF C-47A Dakota VH-CGK, 19 killed
7 Sep 44 near Mossman, QLD Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force C-47 Dakota DT-941 (VH-RDK), 19 killed


The worst aviation disaster involving Australians occurred in New Guinea during WWII when a B-24 Liberator crashed killing the crew of eleven men and sixty soldiers of the 2/33rd Battalion and two drivers from the 158th General Transport Company. An additional 90 men suffered horrendous burns in this tragic incident.

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