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  P-47D-16-RE Thunderbolt Serial Number 42-75921  
5th AF

Daniel Leahy 2014

Pilot  ?
Force Landed  October 29, 1944
MACR  none

Aircraft History
Built by Republic at Farmingdale, NY. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On October 29, 1944 took off on a ferry flight, got lost and ran short on fuel. Force landed gear up north of Weipa on the beach along with P-47D "Tojo Special" 42-23249. The next day, a RAAF Ventura located them in a search, and the pilot was rescued.

During December 1944, a US Army demolition team blew up the wreckage.

The tail section was salvaged by the Australian Army and later aquired by the Australian War Memorial. It is now in storage at the Treloar Technology Centre.

The propeller from this aircraft was donated to the RAAF Museum.

Rob Staughton visited the site in 2000:
"I work for Comalco in Weipa and arrived here 2 years ago. I heard about the wrecks not long after, but it has taken this long for the curiosity to get the better of me and go to have a look. About 10 days ago my wife and I drove around to Duyfken Point to have a look at them. It was about 250 klm round trip and took us most of the day. 70 km of it was driving along the beach and sand dunes. The planes are in a very poor state. They are about 75 metres from the ocean and about 100 metres apart. One is more complete than the other, but there is still very little left. One has it's motor nearby, no propellor, the wings, engine exhaust and assorted pieces of aluminium sheet lying around. The other has wings and a pile of pieces, nothing bigger than a shoebox, that have been placed there by someone. Neither of them have a fuselage."

Mrs M. Little (courtesy of Geoff Wharton, ex-Comalco) rescue of pilots
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018


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