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|Pilot Lt. William McGovern (survived)
Force Landed April 26, 1942
Built by Bell in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U.S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.
Flying in two flights, the formation experienced bad weather. This P-40 made a force landing south of Murdoch Point near Cooktown at roughly Lat 11 58.7 Long 143 14.2. Officially, this aircraft was condemned on condemned October 31, 1944.
Fate of the Pilot
The next day, P-40E Kittyhawk A29-69 piloted by Ellerton flipped upside down and crashed nearby while attempting to land wheels down on the same beach to render assistance to the downed American. Ellerton was trapped in the cockpit and drown from the incoming tide.
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