OF A VOUGHT KINGFISHER
INTO THE SWAN RIVER,
NEAR THE SANDRINGHAM HOTEL, PERTH, WA
ON 12 SEPTEMBER 1943
A US Navy Vought Kingfisher, designated OS2U-2 BN 2283, of Navy Scouting Squadron Sixty-One VS-61, appeared to be in difficulties before it turned over and nose-dived suddenly into the middle of the Swan River a short distance from the Sandringham Hotel on Sunday 12 September 1943. It exploded after disappearing beneath the surface of the river.
The aircraft was a piloted by William Burt Beck. The aircraft crashed while performing an engine test.
The crew of two were both killed:-
AP1 William Burt Beck (3684457), Pilot
ACRMA Robert Le Roy Carrier (3930731), Radio-operator
The Pilot, William Beck, had married a local girl from Perth. The two crew members were buried in the USAF Cemetery at Rookwood in Sydney, New South Wales.
"The West Australian" 14th September 1943
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