CRASH OF A KITTYHAWK
AT RICHMOND AIRFIELD, NSW
ON 23 JUNE 1945
On 23 June 1945, RAAF P-40M Kittyhawk, A29-307 (#43-5435) took off from Richmond airfield on a ferry flight to Mildura in Victoria. The aircraft failed to gain altitude after take off from Richmond airfield and managed to do part of a circuit, when it stalled in the turn, hit the ground and burst into flames.
The pilot, Flying Officer George Donaldson, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (176101) was killed in this accident and was buried in the Richmond War Cemetery, Plot C, Row C, Grave 10.
Photo:- via Geoff Russell
Grave headstone for Flying Officer George Donaldson
NOTE:- George Donaldson is shown as being in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (British) in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web page and is shown as being killed on 23 June 1945. His headstone also indicated he was in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
I have used 23 June 1945 as the date for this crash on this web page, though the National Archives of Australia web page implies it happened on 24 June 1945. His entry in the WWII Nominal Roll says he was in the RAAF but most of the other data fields are listed as "Unknown", including the date of death. He is not shown in the AWM Roll of Honour.
I'd like to thank Geoff Russell and Gordon Clarke for their assistance with this home page.
Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?
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