23 MAY 1942
CRASH OF A HUDSON INTO THE SEA
NEAR BEVERLEY ISLAND
IN THE NORTHUMBERLAND GROUP
RAAF Lockheed Hudson, A16-190 of 32 Squadron RAAF, crashed into the sea near Beverley Island in the Northumberland Group on the afternoon of 23 May 1942. The aircraft was carrying out an anti-submarine patrol on a convoy escort of HMAS Swan.
The crew of HMAS Swan reported seeing the Beaufort flying at very slow speed and suddenly diving into the sea from a height of approximately 500 feet.
Three of the crew of four were never found and were eventually declared Presumed Dead. The body of P/O Power was located by the crew of HMAS Swan along with a few pieces of wreckage.:-
F/Lt Arthur Ernest Adams (#692)
P/O John Desmond Power (#416230)
Sgt Brian Robert Bright (#407841)
Sgt Beverley Kilgour Chandler (21351)
This aircraft had been issued to 32 Squadron RAAF on 11 May 1942.
The March 2001 edition of Vetaffairs shows that Ray Blackwood, PO Box 81, Airlie Beach, QLD 4802 is after information on the crash of Lockheed Hudson A16-190 of 32 Squadron RAAF into the sea near Beverlac Island off the Queensland coast in May 1942.
Beverlac Island is located about 80 kms south east of Mackay. The ADF Serials Web Page shows the crash location at 21.30S - 149.55E which is about 45 kms south east of Mackay
SOURCE:- Aircraft Crash Sites - Australia
Crash: No. 105
Position: 21.30 - 149.55
Department of Aviation Chart No: 3235
I'd like to than Peter Price, the godson of Brian Bright, for his assistance with this web page.
"Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"
By Geoffrey Pentland & Peter Malone
Can anyone help me with more information on this crash?
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 18 June 1999
This page last updated 10 September 2018