August 13, 1940
Daniel Leahy 2005
|Pilot F/Lt Robert Hitchcock, 115 (KIA)
Navigator P/O Richard F Wiesener, 607 (KIA)
Crew Cpl John F Palmer, 2130 (KIA)
Crew AC1 Charles J Crosdale, 6673 (KIA)
Passenger James Fairbairn, Air Minister (KIA)
Passenger Richard Elford, Secretary to the Air Minister (KIA)
Passenger Geoffrey A Street, Army Minister (KIA)
Passenger Sir Henry Gullett, VP of Executive Council (KIA)
Passenger Lt Gen Sir Cyril Brudenell White, Chief General Staff (KIA)
Passenger Lt Col Francis Thornwait, Snr Army Officer (KIA)
Crashed August 13, 1940 at 10:50am
Built by DAP in Australia. Constructors Number 1951. Assigned to the RAAF on June 20, 1940 to 1 AD. Next assigned to 2 Squadron on August 12, 1940.
Took off with a number of senior government passengers and VIPs. While on its approach the RAAF Base at Canberra, this aircraft spun and crashed two miles east of the airfield, burned killing everyone aboard.
Today, nothing appears to remain of the crash site.
Daniel Leahy adds:
"I've visited the site about 3 times and have found nothing of the aircraft. I have however found a ditch about the same shape and size as that in the crash photo just behind the memorial - so chances are the same place."
The RAAF Base at Canberra was later named Fairbairn Airfield in honor of James Fairbairn. A stone memorial is located at the crash site.
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information.
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January 1, 2014