CRASH OF TIGER MOTH
AT GRONG GRONG SATELLITE AIRFIELD
NEAR NARRANDERA, NSW
ON 4 JANUARY 1941
On 4 January 1941, Tiger Moth A17-182 (DHA 183) of 8 EFTS Narrandera crashed at Grong Grong satellite airfield near Narrandera in New South Wales. The Tiger Moth stalled at 150 feet while turning after take off and collided with the desk from which flying was being controlled, injuring the Duty Officer Pilot Officer D. T. Everett and his assistant Sergeant D. J. Bourke. Instructor Pilot Officer Arthur Lloyd Bernard Smith (34110) was killed and his pupil LAC L. M. Ross was seriously injured.
The Mercury (Hobart), Monday 6 January 1941, page 2
Training School Crash
SYDNEY. Sunday - An RAAF flying instructor was killed and a pupil pilot, a flying officer, and a sergeant pilot were injured yesterday morning when a Tiger Moth trainer aeroplane crashed into a desk on the Grong Grong advanced landing ground, near Narrandera, during low flying practice The desk was being used for administrative purposes.
Sgt-Pilot A. L. B. Smith (24) married of Sydney, was killed, Leading Aircraftman L. N. Ross (22), of Balwyn (V), his pupil, received facial injuries and severe shock. Flying-Officer D. P. Everett (28) of West Australia who was sitting at the desk received a compound fracture of an ankle when he was hurled into the air and Sgt-Pilot D. J. Bourke who also was at the desk received minor injuries.
Central area headquarters of the RAAF stated that Smith and Ross were carrying out low-flying instruction exercises when a wing tip crashed into the flight desk-a desk from which flying administration is controlled. The wing was practically torn off and the aircraft climbed to about 100ft and crashed. Smith died shortly afterwards.
Sgt-Pilot Smith w as the son of Mr. A. E. Smith general manager of Australian Glass Manufacturing Co. He joined the RAAF in October and was posted to Narrandera as an instructor early in December. An engineer in civil life he had flown 288 hours in Australia, England and America before joining up.
The following information is from the National Archives of Australia:-
Title: Report on accident to Tiger Moth A17-182 at Narrandera on 4/1/41
Series number: A705
Control symbol: 32/10/3091
Contents date range: 1941 - 1941
Access status: Open
Location: National Office
Barcode no: 165622
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