FORCED LANDING OF A P-40
NEAR BAJOOL, QLD
ON 11 MARCH 1944
P-40 Kittyhawk A29-649 (#43-22990) RAAF made a forced landing on mud flats near Bajool just over 30 km SSE of Rockhampton. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant William Allan Whetters (3403), was affected by an apparent malarial attack. He received face lacerations and there was just 9 hrs flying time on this aircraft at the time of the crash.
No. 4 Volunteer Air Observers Corps (4 VAOC) in Townsville Operations Record Book shows the following entry on the 12 March 1944:-
"ROCKHAMPTON Control received report from BAJOOL POST. P.40 A29-649 forced landed near BAJOOL. The Pilot slightly injured and taken to ROCKHAMPTON for medical treatment. Guards from NO. 21 OBU arranged to take over from personnel of the BAJOOL Post who had been guarding the aircraft."
The Kittyhawk was repaired after this accident and was allocated 22RSU. Kittyhawk A29-649 went missing between Port Moresby and Lae on 14 February 1945. It was travelling with Beaufort A9-660. No trace was found of either aircraft until as late as 1946. It is believed they may have collided.
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