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Do24 X-36 Eyewitness Account
The following is a transcript of a letter from Leo Gugeri to Stan Gajda

Gugeri was at the scene of the X-36 landing soon after the event. He was a young ranch-hand at the time on Anna Plains station.

Glenroy Station
Derby, 6728
1st December 1980

Dear Mr. Gajda,

Your letter of the 19th Nov to hand, afraid I can't help you much, as far as I know there was only the one plane came down & it was then set alight - a Dornier in the Anna Plains area.

It came from Batavia, Java and was heading for Broome but got off course, because they were afraid to rev one of the engines which was new, this is what they told me, eventually ran out of petrol & had to come down, not knowing where they were a dark night, was a pleasant surprise at daylight to find the beach 1/2 mile away. & when the tide went out the flying boat sat on the mud, so they went ashore about 40 people all told on board, a Russian by the name of Petsu was the Commander he had his Dutch wife with him & a Dutch man named Hubinks was second in command. & his wife, all the rest were crew & people getting away ahead of the Japs.

Jamie Woods was was a pilot with M.M.A. He saw them first & circled while they wrote on the beach what they needed, then he landed at Anna Plains & told us the story, collected water & the things they were short of & flew me down to see where they were & drop the odds & ends, I took the hitch down that afternoon & brought the old people, & women back to the homestead.

I will never forget that big three engine flying boat anchored out from the beach the tide was in & it was afloat It had three twin row Pratt & Whitney radial engines.

When I went back for the rest of the people in the morning they had packed mattresses & anything else that would burn on the plane & covered them with Lube oil & fired a flare into it, the tide was out at the time & the engines were tipped out & all the front of the plane was burnt, But the body and tail section was unharmed, I could have cryed when I saw what they had done to destroy such a lovely machine, They said they were following instructions, not to leave anything that could be used by the enemy.

Six weeks later Major Mitchell & his guerilla group came to give all station people arms grenades etc & show them how to use them & advise us what to do in the event of an invasion, he was interested in the 20mm cannon that was on the Flying Boat: in the meantime there had been a cyclone, after travelling the beach for 40 miles in a jeep we never saw a sign of the plane except a gun turret we picked it up, don't know where it is now, I have never been along the beach at dead low water springs tides, so can't say if any wreckage, all I know is it is not where it was burned, Which is about 1/2 mile south of Ocean Wind Mill, which is in the sand hills as far a I can remember, about a mile south of One Tree Government Well which is approx 15 miles from Homestead. Don't know if this information will be any use to you, is such a long time ago wouldn't count on finding anything.

Yours Sincerely
L Gugeri

And in the margins of page one he wrote:

PS I suggest if you are going to look for the flying boat, you drive south along the beach starting at the One Tree Government well, at low water Equatorial Top spring tides, if there is anything there you are sure to see it. Four wheel drive vehicle needed, & don't stop for any legnth of time on wet sand or vehicle will sink Tide table used to be available at shipping Offices, possible still is. L.G.

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