CRASH OF A KITTYHAWK
NEAR YELTA BARGE STRAFING RANGE
NEAR YELTA, VIC
ON 1 APRIL 1945

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At approximately 1245 hours on 1 April 1945, Kittyhawk A29-423 of No. 2 Operational Training Unit RAAF 2 OTU, piloted by Flight Lieutenant Warrick James Turner (403773) crashed into the Murray River on the Victoria - New South Wales border near the Yelta Barge Strafing Range. The location is not far from Coomealla which is located on the New South Wales side of the border.

Fl/Lt Turner had been carrying out camera gun barge strafing training. At the end of the exercise he commenced to "beat up" the range control boat. Whilst attempting to pull out of a dive close to the water, the aircraft hit the water and disintegrated. The cause of the accident was listed as "100% disobedience of orders."

F/Lt. Warrick James Turner was buried in the Mildura War Cemetery, Grave No. C.D.4. on 2 April 1945 by F/Lt. A.W. Milligan of the Methodist Church.  Initially, only his foot and hand were recovered for burial in Mildura War Cemetery. However, a torso was recovered by the Wentworth Police on 11 November 1945 which was identified as his remains. These remains were placed in his grave as per the attached RAAF archive documentation.

 

NOTE:- A number of official records incorrectly show his first name as "Warwick" rather than "Warrick".

 

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