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Date:             Fri, 24 Sep 1999 22:58:05 +1000
From:           "Steve Fowler" <sfowler@internetnorth.com.au>

Gidday Peter,

Just a few lines to introduce myself and say how great your site is, I have been interested in doing something similar for sometime, but have no experience at setting up web sites.

I have been researching wartime aircraft crashes since 1972, so I have a lot of info myself, I take it that one of your major sources is the AWM listing of 356 aircraft? Have you seen the "Rundle list"? You had an e-mail from Paul Snow around June and he mentioned to you that I had details on the Dragon that crashed up the Freshwater Gorge, it was A34-24. It took me three weekends in 1995, to located what was left of it.

My data base has just over 500 on it and most of those are Queensland or in the North. There is also a pile waiting for me to enter onto the computer, however there is that minor technical problem that I keep running out of time.

When I get a chance, I will go through your list and see if I can fill in any gaps, however for now I must go, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Stephen R. Fowler



Subject:    <no subject>
Date:             Wed, 20 Oct 1999 20:59:15 +1000
From:           "Steve Fowler" <sfowler@internetnorth.com.au>

Hello Peter,

Just a short note to let you know that I will be in contact again shortly with a few details for you on those aircraft crashes. In August I went up the Cape with Paul Snow and a few others to check out a few wreck sites as well as some other wartime sites. In my spare time beside my research I am also doing a degree in History at JCU here in Cairns, so since being back I have been flat out catching up with assignments, so that's why you haven't heard from me for a few weeks.

Once I break the back of it, I will contact you again.

Keep up the good work.

Stephen R. Fowler



Subject:    Tolga Wirraway crash, A20-513.
Date:             Tue, 02 Nov 1999 21:48:09 +1000
From:           "Steve Fowler" <sfowler@internetnorth.com.au>

Dear Peter,

Just taking a break from my assignments and thought that I would send you something on the Wirraway that crashed near Tolga. The aircraft was A20-513 of 5 Sqn, which at the time was based at Mareeba. The aircraft crashed at 1530hrs on the 4th May 1944 while on a familiarisation flight, killing the pilot Flying Officer F.A. Mitchell (416359) and Flying Officer Percy T. Jeffrey who was the Wireless Operator/Observer. The confirmatory memorandum indicates that an eye-witness stated; "...the engine cut-out, the aircraft wobbled several times and then spun to earth." The funeral service was held at the Military Section of the Atherton Cemetery the following day at 1500hrs and Army Padre Hall from the 2/6 Australian General Hospital at Rocky Creek conducted the Service.

Percy Jeffrey had enlisted in the R.A.A.F. on the 3rd September 1935 as a Wireless Telegraphist Operator and later remustered to Air Gunner and Air Observer and was then posted to 21 Sqn and sent to Singapore where he remained until returning to Australia in March 1942. He was then posted to 5 Squadron on the 23 March 1942 and then Commissioned on the 1st October of that year, he remained with the Squadron until his death. This information was supplied to me by his daughter Fran James who I have had the pleasure to correspond with.

At this stage I have little information on the pilot F.A. Mitchell.

Trusting that this may be of help.

Stephen R. Fowler


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