CARRUM AIRFIELD, VIC
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

Carrum Airfield was an Emergency Landing Ground located north of the Paterson River south east of Melbourne. The runway was parallel to the coast.

Vultee Vengeance A27-560 from RAAF Station Laverton made a forced landing at Carrum at 0930 hours on 2 May 1945. It plunged through three wires fences, and 200 yards of vegetable gardens before colliding with two cows, both of which were killed. The pilot escaped with minor head injuries. The aircraft had been cooperating win exercises with the Navy over the Flinders Naval Depot, when its oil supply ran out. The engine cowling, undercarriage and wing were badly damaged. It is not clear whether this happened at the Carrum Emergency Landing Ground or not.

 

REFERENCES

Aviation Historical Society of Australia News Volume 33, Number 2, Published April 2017

Guyra Argus, Thursday 3 May 1945 - Bombers' Forced Landing

The Age (Melbourne), Thursday 3 May 1945 - Cows Hit by Aircraft

 

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