Airplane Crash - Near Mackay, Old, Australia 06/14/1943

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Mackay, OLD, Australia


Date06/14/1943
LocationNear Mackay, OLD, Australia
OperatorMilitary - U.S. Army Air Forces
TypeB-17C Flying Fortress
Aboard41
Fatalities40
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft took off into ground fog and leveled off at an altitude of about 300 feet. In a matter of minutes the plane had caught fire in the air, and as it dived into the trees one of its wings came away leaving a great opening in the fuselage through which most of the passengers were emptied into the bush before the final impact.

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