CRASH LANDING OF A DUTCH CW-22B CURTISS FALCON
AT EAGLE FARM AIRFIELD, BRISBANE, QLD
ON 25 NOVEMBER 1942

 


Photo:- Pete Johnston Photo Collection

 A CW-22B Curtiss Falcon

 

Lieutenant Colonel Fry, the Commanding Officer of the 81st Air Depot Group, went for a joy ride and familiarisation flight from Eagle Farm airfield in a Dutch CW-22B Curtiss Falcon on approximately 25 November 1942. He was accompanied by his assistant, Major Monay on the flight. When he took off he neglected to retract his undercarriage. He was not impressed with the performance of the Curtiss Falcon and returned to Eagle Farm airfield to land. 

He pushed the wrong button and retracted his undercarriage. Despite the noise of a warning klaxon, and the shouting and waving from Major Monay, Colonel Fry made an unexpected belly landing in the Curtiss Falcon. It was apparently a very smooth belly landing!!

General Connell presented Colonel Fry with a dumbbell at the Officer's Thanksgiving Party at "Neville Court" on 26 November 1942 as an "Award" for his accomplished belly landing.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"The 81st A.D.G."

 

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