FORCED LANDING OF A KITTYHAWK
ON BEACH 8 MILES NORTH OF COOKTOWN, QLD
ON 25 MARCH 1942

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On 25 March 1942, five Kittyhawks allocated to 75 Squadron arrived in Townsville with F/Lt Boyd in charge of the flight. F/O Cox, Sgt Sims and Sgt Havard escorted by a Lockheed Hudson from 32 Squadron left Townsville for Port Moresby.

Sgt Sims was delayed at Cooktown on 25 March 1942 with a damaged tail wheel. Sgt. Havard made a forced landing on a beach 8 miles north of Cooktown on 25 March 1942.

F/O Cox flew back to Cooktown and boarded a motor launch and headed for the beach. F/O Cox successfully took off Havard's aircraft and flew it back to Cooktown. Sgt Havard returned to Cooktown on the motor launch.

 

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