7 JULY 1945
MISHAP WITH A MUSTANG
AT BOHLE RIVER AIRFIELD, QLD
Photo:- Gordon Birkett Collection
P-51 Mustang A68-506
The first Mustang for 86 Squadron RAAF based at Bohle River airfield, P-51K-10-NT Mustang IVa A68-506 (#44-12482) arrived at Bohle River airfield on 5 July 1945 on transfer from 84 Squadron. Unfortunately the aircraft's tail-wheel collapsed after landing at Bohle River airfield on 7 July 1945 due to hydraulic failure and the tail was damaged. Mustang A68-506 was issued to No. 3 Aircraft Depot for disposal.
The first Mustang on actual allotment from 6 AD arrived on 7 July 1945.
Note:- The book "Diary of World War II North Queensland" shows this accident happening on 9 August 1945 with Flying Officer W. G. Broomhead as the pilot. Possibly William Gunson Bromhead (403424) rather than Broomhead.
"Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"
By Geoffrey Pentland & Peter Malone
"Diary of World War II North
by Peter Nielsen
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This page first produced 18 September 1999
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