CRASH OF A KITTYHAWK
AT GOL GOL GUNNERY RANGE, NSW
ON 23 SEPTEMBER 1943
At approximately 1132 hours E.S.T. on 23 September 1943, P-40 Kittyhawk, A29-60, of 2 OTU RAAF was involved in a crash at Gol Gol Range in New South Wales during a ground strafing gunnery exercise. During his second attack approach, which was good, he undertook some evasive action - "Jinking and Weaving". The Kittyhawk carried on for some 800 yards past the target when in a skid to the left the nose and port wing dropped causing the aircraft to hit the ground. The aircraft exploded on impact killing the pilot, P/O Neville Douglas Murphy (429986).
This aircraft was delivered to the RAAF in March 1942 and served with 77 Squadron and while with that Squadron it crashed north of Darwin ??/9/42 after running out of fuel. The pilot was P/O John E Gorton! The aircraft was listed as a probable write-off.
Pilot Officer Murphy was buried in the Mildura War Cemetery by RAAF Chaplain Rev. Alexander George Day on 26 September 1943.
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