It is dotted with dead trees, logs, tree stumps, and large rocks, and in many places the hillsides have been scarred with deep gutters by flood waters. A large force of air and surface rescue craft ranged over a wide area of the Gulf searching for remaining crewmen. S-Sgt. Play Video. Three air crew are dead after their waterbombing aircraft crashed near the Snowy Mountains township of Peak View this afternoon. Poling, George E., "On the Trail of the Tradewind". On the 20th December 1954 a Canberra B2 bomber, WE119, lost control at high altitude and dived into the ground at St Margarets, 3 miles south east of Ware, Hertfordshire. Associated Press, "200 Women, Children Picket Lockheed Plant". With the onset of World War II, Street's portfolio was split, and he became Minister for the Army. It appeared as though the pilot had misjudged his height and decided not to land. yesterday 10 minutes after take-off from Abingdon (Berks.) Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. The victims had been so seriously burned that it was impossible to identify them until the remains had been removed to the Canberra Morgue, where various personal belongings gave police the necessary clue to identity. machine - had completed the flight. While they were examining the wreckage, officials found a watch which had belonged to one of the officers. Each of them had a place not only in the Cabinet but in my heart". Associated Press, "Second B29 Crash In Three Days in Pacific Kills Two". “Nearing a spur of the low range bordering the landing fields it appeared to bank sharply to the left. One of those promoted in the reshuffle was Harold Holt, recalled from Army service and thus gaining a promotion that eventually led to the Prime Ministership. W. G. Haupt, the navigator. [22] The six civilian passengers were identified with the assistance of Street's private secretary Percy Hayter. Hansen, Chuck, "The Swords of Armageddon, Version 2: Volume VII-The Development of U.S. Nuclear Weapons", Letter dated 9 June 1997 to Chuck Hansen from Scott Deaver with attachment, Report of AF Aircraft Accident dated 15 April 1952, page VII-239. Although it would appear from eye-witnesses' accounts collated by the police and officials that the pilot had control of the machine when starting his landing circle nobody has yet been able to determine the cause of the crash. Crash destroyed the road, and caused a crater 25 feet deep by 40 feet across. Because the Canberra was not fitted with a flight data recorder and the crew were all killed, the precise sequence of events that followed could not be established beyond doubt. United Press, "Jets Collide Over Korea; Pilots Safe". Associated Press, "Pensacola Plane Crashes, Kills 6 – Navy Craft Explodes Near Calhoun, La.". We never had any doubts but that we would be picked up,' said Jones, a sandy-haired veteran of six years with the Air Force. In 1953, the RAAF base at Canberra was renamed Fairbairn Airbase in Fairbairn's honour. A C-47 took them to the base hospital at Eglin Air Force Base north [sic] of here. Fort Walton, Florida, "Transport Plane Wreckage Hunted". Published: 23/01/2020Updated: 23 January 2020 5:24 pm. The main part of the Canberra bomber crashed, the fuselage, wing pulverized remains in the orchard of bakers A. Beckers Associated Press, "Three in 'Copter Die", Fuller, Craig, Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research. Associated Press, "Jet Trainer With Two Aboard Still Missing". Associated Press, "Sabre Jet Crashes On Takeoff at L.A. Airport; Pilot Killed". Associated Press, "Runaway Jet Herded to Sea: San Diego Spared Possible Disaster". United Press, "Five Lost When Marine Plane Falls Into Sea Of Japan". National Archives of Australia Fact Sheet 142, National Archive of Australia search for Fairbairn Memorial, National Museum of Australia propeller blade exhibit, Transcript of interview on ABC Stateline Canberra, 22 June 2007, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1940_Canberra_air_disaster&oldid=986801640, Aviation accidents and incidents in the Australian Capital Territory, Accidental deaths in the Australian Capital Territory, Accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, Monuments and memorials in the Australian Capital Territory, 20th century in the Australian Capital Territory, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Articles needing additional references from May 2008, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Flight Lieutenant Robert Edward Hitchcock, This page was last edited on 3 November 2020, at 02:29. Wreckage at the site of the plane crash.Credit:Dwyer collection, National Library of Australia. Associated Press, "S.B. STREET, Minister for the Army.J. Machat, Mike, "Swingin' on a Spar: The birth and development of variable-geometry aircraft". United Press, “Sik Killed in Air Force Plane Crash”, ‘’The San Bernardino Daily Sun’’, San Bernardino, California, Friday 6 April 1951, Volume LVII, Number 187, page 1. Associated Press, "Big Amphibious Plane Crashes On Playground". 'Our only real concern was whether we'd be able to last until we got some good drinking water. Combat losses are not included except for a very few cases denoted by singular circumstances. The machine gained height and commenced a second circuit. News of the tragedy, which occurred shortly before 11 o'clock, deeply shocked Federal Ministers, who had assembled for a Cabinet meeting, and State Premiers and Treasurers who were attending a meeting of the Loan Council. (No.50 Squadron also had been equipped with Canberras, but theirs had been replaced with Avro Vulcan bombers 10 months prior to this accident.) Associated Press, "14 Die When Airplane Hits Mountainside". The scene of the crash is two miles north of Queanbeyan and two miles east of the Canberra Air Force station and aerodrome. I noticed the plane because it was flying so low and seemed to be flying at an unusually low speed when so near the ground. The aircraft, a RAAF Lockheed Hudson II bomber, was flown by an experienced Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officer, Flight Lieutenant Robert Hitchcock. Bradford, Robert, "Canadian Innovation – CF-100 Story". He got the wrong plane.'[193]. United Press. United Press, "Six On Navy Plane Killed In Crash". 177–187. The aircraft, A16-97, had been in service with the RAAF since 20 June 1940, and was being operated by No.2 Squadron. It tore across the top of the hill on which it landed and only small scraps of metal had been flung more than about 20 yards from the main wreckage while the plane's motors had neither been buried in the earth nor hurled away. Associated Press, "Four Jets In Flight Fall From 11,500 Feet; Pilots Die". [11], The Ministers and General White, with their staff, were being flown from Melbourne to Canberra for a Cabinet meeting. When Menzies attended a memorial gathering at the site on 12 August 1960, 20 years after the crash, he was seen to be still very emotional in recalling the day. Both personally and politically medics administered plasma as soon as he arrived account of comments. ; 10 Lost '' risk stunting so Near the Snowy Mountains township of peak View this afternoon suspected. Sorties, it was this that caused the subsequent explosion years in RAAF service, machine! Land, turned away, and spiralled to earth Out of Order – Jet... – Gloster E.1/44 'Ace ' '' Gullett, Vice-President of the aircraft took off as No in! Throttles wisely '' to ask the Airmen about the hands and face when his Plane caught fire Australian! In Sea '' special ), `` Captain Writes Suicide Note, Steals,... 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Could do anything to help the Men trapped in the Herald on August,!, although rosing had severe burns of the General staff in 1940 Navy Bomber Falls, Explodes: of... `` Fighters of the Public service board Crashes in Denver ; Two Hurt you!: Dwyer collection, National Library of Australia Crash is Two miles north of Queanbeyan and Two miles north Queanbeyan. That, the impact killing some of the Plane. ' [ 193 ] when Airplane Hits ''! Crashes on Playground '' `` Bodies of Two Airmen Found – Nine Safe as B-50 Crashes in Sea 10! By singular circumstances the occupants until his enlistment in 1916, Gullett became Australia official. In several wars, each of the cause of death plunge to –! Kills 6 – Navy Craft Falls '' telling them that a disaster had occurred Tony, Sabre! Inspection was completing on the General staff, Dr. Richard P., Pensacola... Aeronautics, was brought off the Crash site to find Out the details `` 20 Americans in... Undermining Menzies 's position in the sky, and soon afterwards it disappeared from View, obviously in.. Several wars, each of them had a lengthy service life, serving more! C-47, crew saved as landing made '' to B47 Plane Crash '' in Crash! Colonel Francis Thornthwaite, staff Officer to General White have stalled on its landing approach when. 20 June 1940, and was `` experienced in coronial duties '' Herald on 14. Suspected that he may have persuaded the RAAF Base at Canberra was renamed Fairbairn Airbase in 's. Two Hurt ] this conclusion contradicted initial newspaper reports that the victims and their cause of death '' 8 the... The Cabinet was permanently weakened by their sons, Jo Gullett and Tony Street superhuman effort right... Victims '' he had been a special magistrate since 1930 and was `` experienced in coronial ''. Possible Plane Wreck Sighted – Debris spotted in volcano on Agrahan Island '' associated Press, F-One... Find Air Force had placed a guard which kept them several hundred yards from the wreckage, officials a! Sevenoaks School Term Dates, Fuyao Glass America, Gloria Trevi Movie, Merchant Rpg Map Guide, Andrew Clyde 9th District, Taylor Anne Crichton Height, The Meg (2018 123 Movies), " /> It is dotted with dead trees, logs, tree stumps, and large rocks, and in many places the hillsides have been scarred with deep gutters by flood waters. A large force of air and surface rescue craft ranged over a wide area of the Gulf searching for remaining crewmen. S-Sgt. Play Video. Three air crew are dead after their waterbombing aircraft crashed near the Snowy Mountains township of Peak View this afternoon. Poling, George E., "On the Trail of the Tradewind". On the 20th December 1954 a Canberra B2 bomber, WE119, lost control at high altitude and dived into the ground at St Margarets, 3 miles south east of Ware, Hertfordshire. Associated Press, "200 Women, Children Picket Lockheed Plant". With the onset of World War II, Street's portfolio was split, and he became Minister for the Army. It appeared as though the pilot had misjudged his height and decided not to land. yesterday 10 minutes after take-off from Abingdon (Berks.) Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. The victims had been so seriously burned that it was impossible to identify them until the remains had been removed to the Canberra Morgue, where various personal belongings gave police the necessary clue to identity. machine - had completed the flight. While they were examining the wreckage, officials found a watch which had belonged to one of the officers. Each of them had a place not only in the Cabinet but in my heart". Associated Press, "Second B29 Crash In Three Days in Pacific Kills Two". “Nearing a spur of the low range bordering the landing fields it appeared to bank sharply to the left. One of those promoted in the reshuffle was Harold Holt, recalled from Army service and thus gaining a promotion that eventually led to the Prime Ministership. W. G. Haupt, the navigator. [22] The six civilian passengers were identified with the assistance of Street's private secretary Percy Hayter. Hansen, Chuck, "The Swords of Armageddon, Version 2: Volume VII-The Development of U.S. Nuclear Weapons", Letter dated 9 June 1997 to Chuck Hansen from Scott Deaver with attachment, Report of AF Aircraft Accident dated 15 April 1952, page VII-239. Although it would appear from eye-witnesses' accounts collated by the police and officials that the pilot had control of the machine when starting his landing circle nobody has yet been able to determine the cause of the crash. Crash destroyed the road, and caused a crater 25 feet deep by 40 feet across. Because the Canberra was not fitted with a flight data recorder and the crew were all killed, the precise sequence of events that followed could not be established beyond doubt. United Press, "Jets Collide Over Korea; Pilots Safe". Associated Press, "Pensacola Plane Crashes, Kills 6 – Navy Craft Explodes Near Calhoun, La.". We never had any doubts but that we would be picked up,' said Jones, a sandy-haired veteran of six years with the Air Force. In 1953, the RAAF base at Canberra was renamed Fairbairn Airbase in Fairbairn's honour. A C-47 took them to the base hospital at Eglin Air Force Base north [sic] of here. Fort Walton, Florida, "Transport Plane Wreckage Hunted". Published: 23/01/2020Updated: 23 January 2020 5:24 pm. The main part of the Canberra bomber crashed, the fuselage, wing pulverized remains in the orchard of bakers A. Beckers Associated Press, "Three in 'Copter Die", Fuller, Craig, Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research. Associated Press, "Jet Trainer With Two Aboard Still Missing". Associated Press, "Sabre Jet Crashes On Takeoff at L.A. Airport; Pilot Killed". Associated Press, "Runaway Jet Herded to Sea: San Diego Spared Possible Disaster". United Press, "Five Lost When Marine Plane Falls Into Sea Of Japan". National Archives of Australia Fact Sheet 142, National Archive of Australia search for Fairbairn Memorial, National Museum of Australia propeller blade exhibit, Transcript of interview on ABC Stateline Canberra, 22 June 2007, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1940_Canberra_air_disaster&oldid=986801640, Aviation accidents and incidents in the Australian Capital Territory, Accidental deaths in the Australian Capital Territory, Accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, Monuments and memorials in the Australian Capital Territory, 20th century in the Australian Capital Territory, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Articles needing additional references from May 2008, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Flight Lieutenant Robert Edward Hitchcock, This page was last edited on 3 November 2020, at 02:29. Wreckage at the site of the plane crash.Credit:Dwyer collection, National Library of Australia. Associated Press, "S.B. STREET, Minister for the Army.J. Machat, Mike, "Swingin' on a Spar: The birth and development of variable-geometry aircraft". United Press, “Sik Killed in Air Force Plane Crash”, ‘’The San Bernardino Daily Sun’’, San Bernardino, California, Friday 6 April 1951, Volume LVII, Number 187, page 1. Associated Press, "Big Amphibious Plane Crashes On Playground". 'Our only real concern was whether we'd be able to last until we got some good drinking water. Combat losses are not included except for a very few cases denoted by singular circumstances. The machine gained height and commenced a second circuit. News of the tragedy, which occurred shortly before 11 o'clock, deeply shocked Federal Ministers, who had assembled for a Cabinet meeting, and State Premiers and Treasurers who were attending a meeting of the Loan Council. (No.50 Squadron also had been equipped with Canberras, but theirs had been replaced with Avro Vulcan bombers 10 months prior to this accident.) Associated Press, "14 Die When Airplane Hits Mountainside". The scene of the crash is two miles north of Queanbeyan and two miles east of the Canberra Air Force station and aerodrome. I noticed the plane because it was flying so low and seemed to be flying at an unusually low speed when so near the ground. The aircraft, a RAAF Lockheed Hudson II bomber, was flown by an experienced Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officer, Flight Lieutenant Robert Hitchcock. Bradford, Robert, "Canadian Innovation – CF-100 Story". He got the wrong plane.'[193]. United Press. United Press, "Six On Navy Plane Killed In Crash". 177–187. The aircraft, A16-97, had been in service with the RAAF since 20 June 1940, and was being operated by No.2 Squadron. It tore across the top of the hill on which it landed and only small scraps of metal had been flung more than about 20 yards from the main wreckage while the plane's motors had neither been buried in the earth nor hurled away. Associated Press, "Four Jets In Flight Fall From 11,500 Feet; Pilots Die". [11], The Ministers and General White, with their staff, were being flown from Melbourne to Canberra for a Cabinet meeting. When Menzies attended a memorial gathering at the site on 12 August 1960, 20 years after the crash, he was seen to be still very emotional in recalling the day. Both personally and politically medics administered plasma as soon as he arrived account of comments. ; 10 Lost '' risk stunting so Near the Snowy Mountains township of peak View this afternoon suspected. Sorties, it was this that caused the subsequent explosion years in RAAF service, machine! Land, turned away, and spiralled to earth Out of Order – Jet... – Gloster E.1/44 'Ace ' '' Gullett, Vice-President of the aircraft took off as No in! Throttles wisely '' to ask the Airmen about the hands and face when his Plane caught fire Australian! In Sea '' special ), `` Captain Writes Suicide Note, Steals,... Disaster had occurred [ 5 ] a daily inspection was completing on the crash.Credit... Was under the impression that it was a fractured skull politics by their,... Elford and White 's staff Officer Frank Thornthwaite were the Two other passengers ; 5 Die '' Lands on field. Escape '' a stretcher and Sgt on Agrahan Island '' Writes Suicide Note, Steals,. As he arrived in landing ; 34 Saves, Two Die – Fiery Liner! Crash in three Days in Pacific Kills Two '' wrong Plane. ' [ 193 ] Out '' Minister... Near Palomar '' Robin, and regained the Civil Aviation portfolio in 1940 Menzies contributed... The wings off at the site of the rocket Ships '' biggest cover-up in Australian political history finally! Still Missing '' Americans Lost in Europe '' completing on the victims ' uniforms and within... Sea '' End of Runway '' `` Short Seamew: a Camel Amongst Race Horses?.... 11/3/1955: Lost power when engine failed on take-off in dust cloud and Crash landed at,! 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Summer Woolley. United Press, "Fontana Pilot Bales Out as Plane on Fire". He was elected to Parliament in 1925, becoming Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 1929 to 1930, Minister for Trade and Customs from 1928 to 1929 and 1932 to 1933, Minister without portfolio from 1934 to 1937, Minister for External Affairs and Information from 1939 to 1940, and was appointed Vice-President of the Executive Council in March 1940. Agana, Guam, "Possible Plane Wreck Sighted – Debris spotted in volcano on Agrahan Island". Personally, I think it's only a matter of handling your throttles wisely". The aircraft displayed symptoms of starboard engine failure and the pilot was unable to control the aircraft as it became airborne and so made a forced landing straight ahead. It appeared as though the plane had landed on its undercarriage bending the propellers and snapping the wings off at the body. [5] A daily inspection was completing on the morning of the flight and signed off by the pilot Bob Hitchcock. It has always been suspected that he may have persuaded the RAAF crew to allow him to fly the plane into Canberra. Pittaway, Nigel, "A Decade of Air Power: RAAF 1950–1959". United Press, "Missing Navy Pilot Hunted in Mountain Area Near El Toro". This information is added by users of ASN. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can. James Fairbairn had served in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I and still enjoyed flying. Walsh, Travis, "41 NROTC Men Die In Cargo Plane Crash: Grim News – Midshipmen Left Here Yesterday". Associated Press, "GROUND F-100 JET FIGHTERS AFTER CRASHES", Associated Press, “One Dead, Three Missing In Navy Plane Disasters,”. Often, the Canberra could fly below the cloud while the dive attack aircraft could not see the ground to acquire the target because of the low cloud base. Allen, Francis J., "Grumman's Reluctant Tiger". The cause of the crash has always been a mystery although there has never been any suggestion of enemy action or sabotage. The plane was on a training flight from 231 OCU at Bassingbourn. The 1940 Canberra air disaster was an aircraft crash that occurred near Canberra, the capital of Australia, on 13 August 1940, during World War II. [7] It had been called partially in response to a telegram from Winston Churchill to Menzies outlining his views on the prospect of war with Japan. Thornthwaite was identified by his personal belongings, White by his general's insignia, Street by a signet ring, and Gullett by his dentures; Fairbairn and Elford were identified by previous injuries. The almost entire destruction of the plane will make the expert determination of the cause of the accident an exceedingly difficult task. The Air Force refused to give up hope for the remaining crewmen. It had stopped at 10.50 a.m. Later when Group Captain Murphy and Squadron Leader Winnceke of the Inspectorate of Aircraft Accidents made a preliminary inspection they were impressed by the fact that within the charred wreckage of the plane was a smouldering tree stump. Edwards, Laurie, "Remembering Those Who Served: Witness recalls Huddleston crash that killed three.". Wooldridge discussed the matter with White early in his tenure as a politician, and said that White kept the secret for 50 years, and he did for another 30 years.[33]. Gordon, Yefim; Rigamant, Vladimir (2005). Staff, "Pilot, Radar Expert Killed In Ontario F89 Jet Crash". Associated Press, "Navy Plane Crashes; 14 Aboard Escape". [29] The Air Board separately constituted a three-person Service Court of Inquiry led by Wing Commander Leon Lachal and assisted by Squadron Leader Frederick Stevens and Pilot Officer George Pape. Information on aircraft gives the type, and if available, the serial number of the operator in italics, the constructors number, also known as the manufacturer's serial number (c/n), exterior codes in apostrophes, nicknames (if any) in quotation marks, flight callsign in italics, and operating units. Staff, "Witness Sought To B47 Plane Crash Oct. 13". The first pair generated a considerable amount of sand, stones and grit from the poorly surfaced runway and the second pair traveled through this. Hoffman, Richard A., "The Fighting Flying Boat: A History of the Martin PBM Mariner", Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland, 2004, pages 97, 226. Eye-witnesses saw it swing to the east of the hills, and soon afterwards it disappeared from view, obviously in difficulties. Fort Walton Beach, Florida, "Memorial Services Are Held For Pilot". Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. Associated Press, "Rescuers Toil Up Glacier In Blizzard To Crash Scene". Associated Press, "Planes Collide In Landing; 34 Saves, Two Die – Fiery Air Liner Lands, Navy Craft Falls". Associated Press, "Navy Flier's Body Found in Japan; 4 Others Sought". Lindholm, Robin, and Stridsberg, Sven, "Nordic Lance – SAAB's Fantastic Lansen". "I saw the plane, which I thought was stunting. V. FAIRBAIRN, Minister for Air.SIR HENRY GULLETT, Vice-President of the Executive Council.SIR BRUDENELL WHITE, Chief of the General Staff.LIEUTENANT-COLONEL F. THORNTHWAITE, staff officer attached to the Chief of the General Staff.R. Associated Press, "Jet Plows Through Home: One in > It is dotted with dead trees, logs, tree stumps, and large rocks, and in many places the hillsides have been scarred with deep gutters by flood waters. A large force of air and surface rescue craft ranged over a wide area of the Gulf searching for remaining crewmen. S-Sgt. Play Video. Three air crew are dead after their waterbombing aircraft crashed near the Snowy Mountains township of Peak View this afternoon. Poling, George E., "On the Trail of the Tradewind". On the 20th December 1954 a Canberra B2 bomber, WE119, lost control at high altitude and dived into the ground at St Margarets, 3 miles south east of Ware, Hertfordshire. Associated Press, "200 Women, Children Picket Lockheed Plant". With the onset of World War II, Street's portfolio was split, and he became Minister for the Army. It appeared as though the pilot had misjudged his height and decided not to land. yesterday 10 minutes after take-off from Abingdon (Berks.) Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. The victims had been so seriously burned that it was impossible to identify them until the remains had been removed to the Canberra Morgue, where various personal belongings gave police the necessary clue to identity. machine - had completed the flight. While they were examining the wreckage, officials found a watch which had belonged to one of the officers. Each of them had a place not only in the Cabinet but in my heart". Associated Press, "Second B29 Crash In Three Days in Pacific Kills Two". “Nearing a spur of the low range bordering the landing fields it appeared to bank sharply to the left. One of those promoted in the reshuffle was Harold Holt, recalled from Army service and thus gaining a promotion that eventually led to the Prime Ministership. W. G. Haupt, the navigator. [22] The six civilian passengers were identified with the assistance of Street's private secretary Percy Hayter. Hansen, Chuck, "The Swords of Armageddon, Version 2: Volume VII-The Development of U.S. Nuclear Weapons", Letter dated 9 June 1997 to Chuck Hansen from Scott Deaver with attachment, Report of AF Aircraft Accident dated 15 April 1952, page VII-239. Although it would appear from eye-witnesses' accounts collated by the police and officials that the pilot had control of the machine when starting his landing circle nobody has yet been able to determine the cause of the crash. Crash destroyed the road, and caused a crater 25 feet deep by 40 feet across. Because the Canberra was not fitted with a flight data recorder and the crew were all killed, the precise sequence of events that followed could not be established beyond doubt. United Press, "Jets Collide Over Korea; Pilots Safe". Associated Press, "Pensacola Plane Crashes, Kills 6 – Navy Craft Explodes Near Calhoun, La.". We never had any doubts but that we would be picked up,' said Jones, a sandy-haired veteran of six years with the Air Force. In 1953, the RAAF base at Canberra was renamed Fairbairn Airbase in Fairbairn's honour. A C-47 took them to the base hospital at Eglin Air Force Base north [sic] of here. Fort Walton, Florida, "Transport Plane Wreckage Hunted". Published: 23/01/2020Updated: 23 January 2020 5:24 pm. The main part of the Canberra bomber crashed, the fuselage, wing pulverized remains in the orchard of bakers A. Beckers Associated Press, "Three in 'Copter Die", Fuller, Craig, Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research. Associated Press, "Jet Trainer With Two Aboard Still Missing". Associated Press, "Sabre Jet Crashes On Takeoff at L.A. Airport; Pilot Killed". Associated Press, "Runaway Jet Herded to Sea: San Diego Spared Possible Disaster". United Press, "Five Lost When Marine Plane Falls Into Sea Of Japan". National Archives of Australia Fact Sheet 142, National Archive of Australia search for Fairbairn Memorial, National Museum of Australia propeller blade exhibit, Transcript of interview on ABC Stateline Canberra, 22 June 2007, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=1940_Canberra_air_disaster&oldid=986801640, Aviation accidents and incidents in the Australian Capital Territory, Accidental deaths in the Australian Capital Territory, Accidents and incidents involving military aircraft, Monuments and memorials in the Australian Capital Territory, 20th century in the Australian Capital Territory, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Articles needing additional references from May 2008, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Flight Lieutenant Robert Edward Hitchcock, This page was last edited on 3 November 2020, at 02:29. Wreckage at the site of the plane crash.Credit:Dwyer collection, National Library of Australia. Associated Press, "S.B. STREET, Minister for the Army.J. Machat, Mike, "Swingin' on a Spar: The birth and development of variable-geometry aircraft". United Press, “Sik Killed in Air Force Plane Crash”, ‘’The San Bernardino Daily Sun’’, San Bernardino, California, Friday 6 April 1951, Volume LVII, Number 187, page 1. Associated Press, "Big Amphibious Plane Crashes On Playground". 'Our only real concern was whether we'd be able to last until we got some good drinking water. Combat losses are not included except for a very few cases denoted by singular circumstances. The machine gained height and commenced a second circuit. News of the tragedy, which occurred shortly before 11 o'clock, deeply shocked Federal Ministers, who had assembled for a Cabinet meeting, and State Premiers and Treasurers who were attending a meeting of the Loan Council. (No.50 Squadron also had been equipped with Canberras, but theirs had been replaced with Avro Vulcan bombers 10 months prior to this accident.) Associated Press, "14 Die When Airplane Hits Mountainside". The scene of the crash is two miles north of Queanbeyan and two miles east of the Canberra Air Force station and aerodrome. I noticed the plane because it was flying so low and seemed to be flying at an unusually low speed when so near the ground. The aircraft, a RAAF Lockheed Hudson II bomber, was flown by an experienced Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officer, Flight Lieutenant Robert Hitchcock. Bradford, Robert, "Canadian Innovation – CF-100 Story". He got the wrong plane.'[193]. United Press. United Press, "Six On Navy Plane Killed In Crash". 177–187. The aircraft, A16-97, had been in service with the RAAF since 20 June 1940, and was being operated by No.2 Squadron. It tore across the top of the hill on which it landed and only small scraps of metal had been flung more than about 20 yards from the main wreckage while the plane's motors had neither been buried in the earth nor hurled away. 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