TAXYING ACCIDENT OF AN OXFORD
AT NOWRA AIRFIELD, NSW
ON 6 SEPTEMBER 1942

 

On 6 September 1942, Oxford BM710 hit obstruction posts on the side of the runway at Nowra airfield at RAAF Station, Nowra at 1615 hours. The accident was caused by the the loss of brake pressure whilst taxying. Due to strong winds the pilot, Flying Officer Geoffrey Rex Schlank (407184) of Station Headquarters Nowra was unable to turn the aircraft and it hit the obstruction posts. F/O Schlank and the crew of two were uninjured. The port wing, both propellers and the rear of the fuselage were damaged.

 


Photo:- NAA file

Flying Officer Geoffrey Rex Schlank (407184)

 

A decision was made on 9 September 1942 that the repairs to Oxford BM710 could not be carried out at RAAF Station, Nowra.

 

REFERENCES

RAAF Station Nowra ORB

 

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