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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Crash of a Beaufort at Cockle Bay, Magnetic Island

I have just done some more research on the crash of Beaufort A9-26 at Cockle Bay, Magnetic Island just off Townsville on 22 October 1942.

It crashed during a practice bombing run on the rusting hulk of an old ship in Cockle Bay. It struck one of the ships masts.

The RAAF accident report only shows three RAAF members being killed in this tragic accident. I have since found that an American officer was a passenger on the aircraft and was also killed.

Please click on the link above to see an updated web page on the the crash of Beaufort A9-26.