COLLISION OF 2 SPITFIRES
AT GUILDFORD AIRFIELD, WA
ON 26 FEBRUARY 1945

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Spitfire A58-137, piloted by P/O B. O'Connell ran into the back of Spitfire A58-257 (MH644), piloted by F/Sgt J.A. Doyle, after landing at Guildford airfield in Western Australia on 26 February 1945. Both aircraft belonged to 85 Squadron RAAF. They had just returned from a gunnery exercise.

F/Sgt Doyle in A58-257 had landed first on Runway 29, and was almost at the end of his landing run when the starboard wing of A58-137 piloted by P/O O'Connell ran in the rear of his aircraft. The wing cut off the top of the rudder and fin and sheared the canopy on A58-257. Doyle's aircraft was dragged about 60 yards by O'Connell's Spitfire before it finally ended up facing in the opposite direction. 

F/Sgt Doyle was seriously injured and was taken to the Australian General Hospital at Hollywood Hospital in Monash Avenue, Karrakatta, adjacent to the Karrakatta Cemetery. Doyle eventually recovered from his injuries and returned to flying duties.

 

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By Alan Mitchell

 

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