USAAF Douglas C-49H operated by Australian national Airways (A.N.A.) under charter for military purposes and utilising RAAF aircrew left Archerfield airfield in Brisbane at 8:39pm on 4 May 1945 on the regular courier trip to New Guinea.
While circling to land at Higgins Field in far north Queensland it crashed at 5:18am on 5 May 1945 when it struck the top of a hill while landing in darkness. It crashed and was partially burnt, incinerating the crew and passengers. There were six personnel on board who were all killed
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