CRASH OF A SPITFIRE
1 1/2 MILES EAST OF POINT MARGARET, NT
ON 23 JUNE 1943
At about 1700 hours on 23 June 1943, four Spitfires in White Section of 452 Squadron RAAF, led by Flight Lieutenant E. S. Hall were scrambled by 5 Fighter Sector Headquarters. They proceed to 10,000 feet approximately 5 miles off the coast due west of Darwin.
Flying Officer R. R. Williams (402675) in Spitfire AR 510, A58-1, broke away from the formation and head for the coastline. About 30 seconds later Williams announced his intention of baling out due to a Glycol leak and his engine stopping. F/Lt. Hall tried to follow Williams but lost him for a while after Williams aircraft spun twice.
F/O Williams managed to parachute from his aircraft at 15,000 feet and landed safely about 1 1/2 miles east of Point Margaret. His Spitfire crashed into the ground, and burst into flame. It was a total write off. F/O Williams was rescued from the area the following day. Another source states the location was 1.5 miles south of Papa (or Tapa) Bay.
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