FORCED LANDING OF TWO P-40E WARHAWKS
IN A FIELD NEAR NOWRA, NSW
ON 9 MARCH 1942
2nd Lieutenant Joseph King force landed his P-40E Kittyhawk / Warhawk in a field near Nowra in New South Wales on 9 March 1942.
2nd Lieutenant John Childress of the 7th Pursuit Squadron, 49th Pursuit Group also forced landed his P-40E Kittyhawk, #41-24819 on the same day.
A few days later on 11 March 1942, after repairs had been carried out to his P-40E, and four other aircraft had taken off from Watt's Field, 2nd Lt. King attempted to take off from the field, but the left wheel hit a hole in the uneven ground causing the aircraft to swerve and crash killing an 18 year old girl and her horse and seriously injuring a 6 year old boy.
Both aircraft were eventually trucked to Bankstown Airfield on 26 March 1942 where they were disassembled for much needed spare parts.
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