CRASH OF A WIRRAWAY
ON A PRIVATE PROPERTY
THE ESPLANADE, SOUTHPORT, QLD
ON 29 MAY 1940

 

On 29 May 1940, Wirraway A20-15 of 23 Squadron RAAF took off from Archerfield Airfield on a navigation training exercise over the Southport area. Shortly after arriving over Southport, the Wirraway was observed to turn and fly a short distance back towards Brisbane and then swoop to 100 feet above the ground and then climb into a Barrel Roll. The Wirraway failed to come out of the Barrel Roll and nose-dived and crashed onto a private property on the Esplanade in Southport and burst into flames. The following two young men perished:-

No. 23 Squadron Operational Record Book entry for 29 May 1940 briefly stated as follows:-

ďA20-15 crashed at Southport 10:00 hours. Pilot Officer K.A. GOMAN and Warrant Officer PRITCHARD P.J., both killed. Aircraft destroyed by fireď.

 

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