CRASH OF A KITTYHAWK
AT BROCKS CREEK, NT
ON 11 JUNE 1942

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On 11 June 1942, Lieutenant Donald Dittler of the 7th Fighter Squadron of the 49th Fighter Group, USAAF parachuted from P-40 Kittyhawk #41-5621 when its engine caught fire over the mining town of Brocks Creek in the Northern Territory.

He was on a cross country training flight about 20 miles south east of Adelaide River airfield when his Allison engine started to overheat. He had headed north and tried to nurse it back to the airfield.

The remains of this aircraft was later salvaged by the 43rd Materiel Squadron based at Adelaide River.

 

REFERENCE

"Protect & Avenge"
"The 49th Fighter Group in World War II"

By S.W. Ferguson & William K. Pascalis
A Schiffer Military History Book

 

"Darwin's Air War 1942 - 1945"
By Bob Alford

 

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