|Pilot P/O R L Erskine, 419119
Crew F/O K A Wood, 419363
Crew Sgt P. West, 41360
Crashed May 25, 1944
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.
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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June 19, 2018