|Pilot F/O Montague David Ellerton, 568 (KIA, BR) Burwood, NSW
Crashed April 27, 1942
Built by Curtis in Buffalo, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Army as serial number 41-5550. During March 1942 delivered to Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Kittyhawk serial number A29-69.
On April 1, 1942 assigned to 76 Squadron. On April 25, 1942 assigned to 75 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On April 27, 1942 took off piloted by F/O Montague David Ellerton on a flight northward bound for Port Moresby ten to Milne Bay to join 75 Squadron. Ellerton attempted to land on the beach roughly 50km to the northwest of Cooktown to assist P-39F Airacobra 41-7210 pilot Lt William McGovern that crashed the previous day.
Ellerton attempted to land with his landing gear down on the beach south of Murdoch Point, near the rock ledges near Cooktown. While landing, his wingtip hit a sand dune and flipped upside down. In the cockpit, Ellerton was trapped inside and drown due to the incoming tide.
Ellerton was officially declared dead the day of the mission. After his remains were recovered, he was buried at the Townsville War Cemetery at B. C. 5). He was the son of Montague and Mabel Eliza Ellerton. Prior to the war he lived with his wife Judith Jean Ellerton at Burwood in New South Wales.
CWGC - Montague David Ellerton
ADF Serials - P-40E Kittyhawk A29-69
RAAFDB - P-40E Kittyhawk A29-69
Oz@War - 27 April 1942 crash of a Kittyhawk 50kms north west of Cooktown
44 Days pages 220-222
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February 4, 2018