FORCE LANDING OF A BEAUFIGHTER
AT COOMALIE CREEK
ON 31 MAY 1943

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Five Beaufighters from 31 Squadron RAAF based at Coomalie Creek airfield in the Northern Territory made a raid on Langgoer air base on Monday 31 May 1943. They were intercepted by Japanese over the target and chased halfway back by Zeros. McCutcheon in Beaufighter A19-103, was badly shot up and while landing, his undercarriage collapsed. There were no injuries.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Coomalie Charlie's Commandos - 31 Squadron RAAF" (page 82)
"Beaufighters at Darwin 1942-43"
by Kenneth Neal McDonald, DFC

 

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