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  Vultee Vengeance Serial Number A27-49  

Pilot  P/O R L Erskine, 419119
Crew  F/O K A Wood, 419363
Crew  Sgt P. West, 41360

Crashed  May 25, 1944

Aircraft History
A27-49 was originally allocated the RAF serial EZ937 and was intended for use by the British before being delivered to the RAAF on April 24, 1943. The aircraft was received at No. 1 Aircraft Depot and served with No. 21 Squadron for a short time before being received at No. 1 Aircraft Performance Unit (APU) based at Laverton Airfield.

Mission History
On May 25, 1944 took off from Laverton Airfield piloted by P/O R L Erskine with Vengeance A27-92 on a ferry flight via Wagga Wagga Airfield bound for Bowen Airfield. At around 11:50am, both aircraft collided in midair and the crews of both were killed. The wreckage of both aircraft landed on Mount Disappointment at a point approximately 6 miles north of Whittlesea.

Today, both aircraft can still be found at their respective sites, though it is impossible at this stage to determine what wreckage is from which aircraft.

ADF Serials - Vengeance A27-49

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Last Updated
June 19, 2018


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