CRASH OF A VENTURA
AT MALLACOOTA, VIC
ON 12 DECEMBER 1944

 

On 12 December 1944, RAAF Lockheed Ventura, A59-3, ex #41-38059 (FD607), c/n 4715, crashed landed at Mallacoota in Victoria when the starboard undercarriage collapsed. It was on a travel flight from New Guinea to Laverton at the time of the accident. It had been flying up the coast from Mascot due to low cloud and rain and landed at Mallacoota in heavy rain.

This aircraft had flown 258 hours in the USA prior to being assigned to the RAAF. It was originally received at 2AD on 18 May 1943. It was posted to a Ferry Flight.

On 23 December 1944, approval was given to convert the aircraft to components and it was "struck off charge" on 14 February 1945.

My good friend Rick Hanning was able to provide me with the crew details as follows:-

Crew
F/O Reed (pilot)
P/O Manion
F/O Witheford
LAC Alford
LAC Cocker-Godson

Passengers
S/Ldr. Rowe
S/Ldr. Ryan
F/Lt. Kirk
F/Lt. McAloney

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Lockheed Ventura in Australia : Deliveries - Uses - Fates"
Information compiled by Bert Cookson, Geoff Goodall and others

and edited for Newsletter by John Hopton.

 

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