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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139454
Last updated: 17 September 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss P-40E-1 Kittyhawk
Owner/operator:76 Sqn RAAF
Registration: A29-150
C/n / msn: 41-36249
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea off Heron Head, Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Two 76 Squadron Kittyhawks were escorting a PBY Catalina in a routine patrol over the Exmouth Gulf.

The leader of the Kittyhawk section, the squadron's CO, decided to carry out a series of practice attacking runs on the flying boat.

In the course of one of these dummy attacks the CO misjudged his height when passing under the PBY and hit the glassy surface the sea. He was killed in the accident.

400213 S/L Keith William (Bluey) Truscott DFC and Bar, RAAF.


Revision history:

24-Oct-2011 15:02 angels one five Added
24-Oct-2011 15:16 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
17-Jan-2012 06:47 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator]
11-Sep-2013 07:11 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
26-Dec-2013 18:29 angels one five Updated [Time, Narrative]
25-Dec-2014 22:14 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 09:02 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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