World War 11 Casualties
Oakley Leonard Thomas
Reproduced for the website of Peter Dunn
At 6.00am on 18 September 1945, RAAF
C-47 Dakota, A65-61, VH-CUT, of 38 Squadron RAAF, took off from Wama
Airfield on Moratai in
On 16 October 1968, an American
Missionary, Jerry Reeder, was flying his aircraft across the
They were able to determine that it was a WW2 Dakota military aircraft. The camouflage had faded from the metal fuselage but they were able to find the letters "CUT" in faint yellow letters on the tail of the wrecked aircraft. They found many scattered human bones and a half-burnt women's shoe near the wreckage.
The Dakota had hit the side of the valley with one of its wingtips which then slewed the aircraft into the 3,000 feet high mountain side. It then fell to the valley below and caught fire. Although in a valley, it was located at a spot 13,500 feet above sea level.
28 military personnel were killed in this crash:-
On 3 December 1970, the Australian
military implemented Operation "Tropic Snow" to recover the remains of
those killed in this tragic crash. Support aircraft that flew into
After some delays due to bad weather, a
RAAF Iroquois winched down two personnel to the crash site. They were
winched out about 90 minutes later with the remains of the victims of
this crash. The remains were taken to
From 'The (Newcastle) Herald'
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