CRASH LANDING OF A MARTIN JM-1 MARAUDER
OF MARINE UTILITY SQUADRON TWO, US NAVY
AT MACKAY AIRFIELD, NORTH QLD
IN SEPTEMBER 1944

 

In September 1944, Martin JM-1 Marauder, Bureau Number 66607, of Marine Utility Squadron Two (Command) crashed on landing at Mackay Airfield in north Queensland as a result of a brake system failure and running out of runway. There was no injury to personnel and the aircraft was recommended to the Commander Aircraft Seventh Fleet (Logistics Section) for striking and salvage for parts. The engines were preserved and shipped to A.S.D. Espiritu Santo for overhaul.

 

A typical JM-1 aircraft in its chrome yellow paint scheme

 

NOTE:- The book referenced below by Douglas E. Campbell, shows this JM-1 crash happening in Pityilu on 31 October 1944, which appears to be incorrect as the above information is based on the official War Diary entry for Marine Utility Squadron Two which can be viewed at the link below.

 

REFERENCES

"U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft Lost during World War II - Listed by Aircraft Type - Volume III" - page 354
By Douglas E. Campbell, Ph. D.

"Utility Squadron Two War Diary for the Month of September 1944"
on FOLD3

 

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