16 MARCH 1945
CRASH OF A P-40N KITTYHAWK
BETWEEN ALLIGATOR CREEK AND CROCODILE CREEK
RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk, A29-443, crashed after a bird strike onto the mud flats between Alligator and Crocodile Creeks near Townsville on 16 March 1945.
The pilot, Flight Sergeant Peter Badgery (439689) escaped without injury. The aircraft was converted to components after the crash.
CONFIRMATORY MEMORANDA ON ACCIDENT TO
Pilot was engaged on low flying practice over authorised low flying area when he felt a thud and noticed blood on the windscreen. The engine immediately lost power whereon he switched over to the main wing tank to be certain of fuel but at an altitude of approximately 30 feet the engine cut out, the airspeed indicator showing 200 MPH. Pilot prepared to forced land wheels up on a salt water swamp approximately 400 yards in length surrounded by mangroves. Was afraid he may overshoot so forced aircraft onto mud at approximately 170 MPH whereon it lifted and after flying for 200 yards again made contact and when finally at rest the aircraft pointed some 30 degrees away from original landing direction. On dismantling the aircraft a bird was found lodged in the carburettor air intake some 8 feet from point of entry directly over the wire screen above the carburettor.
Peter Badgery stayed in the RAAF after WWII and eventually became Squadron Leader Peter Badgery (022145). P-40N Kittyhak A29-443 had previously been operated by No. 75 Squadron RAAF and was damaged by anti-aircraft fire on 16 August 1944.
SOURCE:- Aircraft Crash Sites - Australia
Crash: No. 332
Department of Aviation Chart No: 3219
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