ON 22 JULY 1944


Vultee Vengeance


RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-535, #41-31443, of 4 Communications Unit RAAF was taking part in a Naval Co-operation Exercise when it struck the mast of a ship in the Brisbane River, near the Hamilton Flying Boat Base in Brisbane, Queensland and nose dived into the bank of the Brisbane River at 1100 hrs  E.S.T. on 22 July 1944. The pilot Sgt D. Mc Oswin (432860) and 2nd pilot F/Sgt J.F. Pettit (427925) were both killed.

The reason given for the crash was "error of judgement".

Dennis Burchill describes the crash of this Vultee Vengeance at Hamilton as follows in his April 2004 "Wartime Memories of Bulimba":-

I remember a couple of incidents involving aircraft during the war. The first occurred in late 1942. We were in our back yard in Cowper Street when a single engined aircraft passed over our house at a height of about 100 feet. The next minute there was a loud explosion with thick black smoke. We rushed down to the Apollo Ferry and raced across to Hamilton just in time to see the rescue crew place the bodies of the two crew onto the footpath. Their clothes were still smouldering. It turns out that the aircraft was a Vultee Vengeance dive bomber from the R.A.A.F and the crew were practising an attack on a Dutch ship moored at the Hamilton Cold Stores. This ship had two very tall masts and the plane clipped one of them and crashed into swampland behind the cold stores.



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