CRASH OF A P-38 LIGHTNING
IN THE INTAKE GORGE
NEAR FRESHWATER GORGE, QLD
ON AN UNKNOWN DATE DURING WW2
Vera Bradley's book, "I Didn't Know That", refers on page 50 to the crash of a DH-84 Dragon hired by the Australian Army from McRobertson and Muir Airways of the Northern Territory. Corporal Ken Hutchinson recollected that it was used for courier work around the district. It had crashed in the Jigol Peak area in Freshwater Gorge.
Ken Hutchinson later climbed up the Intake Gorge with the RAAF salvage crew from Charters Towers to help retrieve the motors and other recoverable parts of the Dragon. During the search, the party stumbled across a crashed USAAF P-38 Lightning. The pilot's body was still located in the aircraft wreckage.
"I Didn't Know That"
by Vera Bradley
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