CRASH OF A VOUGHT KINGFISHER
INTO THE SWAN RIVER, 
NEAR THE SANDRINGHAM HOTEL, PERTH, WA
ON 12 SEPTEMBER 1943

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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.

 

REFERENCE

"The West Australian" 14th September 1943

Aviation Archaelogical Investigation & Research

 

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