Airplane Crash - Near Canberra, Australia 08/13/1940

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Canberra, Australia

LocationNear Canberra, Australia
OperatorMilitary - Royal Australian Air Force
RouteMelbourne - Canberra
TypeLockheed Hudson A16-97
SummaryThe plane was seen circling Canberra Aerodrome after which it headed west to make the final approach for landing. The aircraft momentarily disappeared behind one of the hills that surround the airport, then reappeared. There was the sound of engines being gunned, then the aircraft disappeared again. An explosion and sight of a large plume of black smoke followed. All on board the Hudson were killed including several high ranking Australian military leaders. A witness later said the aircraft appeared to drop its left wing and then dip its nose steeply, classisymptoms of a stall, too close to the ground for recovery.

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