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Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I on Mt Torbreck: 4 killed

Date & Time: May 16, 1940 at 1200 LT
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Registration:
A4-4
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Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Point Cook – Pearce – Camden
Flight number:
8BNA
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Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew left RAAF Point Cook at 1145LT on a flight to Camden with an intermediate stop in RAAF Pearce. While flying south of Eildon in foggy conditions, the pilot did not realize his altitude was insufficient. The twin engine aircraft hit the slope of Mt Torbreck located northeast of Melbourne and was destroyed by impact forces. All rescue operations were suspended after few days as no trace of the aircraft was found. Eventually, the wreckage was located on January 24, 1941, no more than 200 feet from the summit. All four occupants were killed.
Crew (14th Squadron):
F/O Anthony Ashby Daniel,
Cpl Ivan Lapen Stowdor,
Cpl Francis Ettiene Hyland,
Cpl Herman Fred Sass.
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