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|Pilot 2nd Lt. Robert R. Love (KIA, BR) Philadelphia, PA
Crashed May 1, 1942
Flying northward, the formation made a refueling stop at Cooktown Airfield, then encounted a storm near Horn Island, where they planned to land at Horn Island Airfield to and refuel before the final leg of the journey to Port Moresby.
Flying in bad weather and lost in thick clouds, Lt. Falletta led the other pilots who were all inexperienced with instrument flying back to the Cape York Peninsula. Low on fuel, they searched for a suitable place to land. Lt. Faletta and wingman, Lt. Harvey chose a landing spot roughly 13-16 kilometers inland from Cape Orford Ness, near the Escape River near Weipa.
The other Airacobras attempted to force land on a nearby beach. Lt. Love attempted to land with his gear down by cartwhelled on landing, killing him inside the cockpit.
Richard Rudd adds:
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