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Kroombit Tops & Beautiful Betsy
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Posted By: dcBear78, 10-23-2013, 08:14 AM

Went on a day trip with some work mates four wheel driving up to Kroombit Tops National Park. One of the highlights of this park is it is the final resting place for Beautiful Betsy, a B24 Liberator from WW2 that went missing in 1945 and lay undiscovered until 1994.

From Wikipedia...
Beautiful Betsy was the name of an American Consolidated B-24D-53-CO Liberator that went missing 26 February 1945.
The Beautiful Betsy had suffered combat fatigue and was only being used for short supply runs. It had been retired from combat. Its final mission was a Fat Cat run from Darwin to Brisbane - transporting men and supplies as part of a regular flight. It disappeared in stormy weather. The B-24D Liberator was in service with the Royal Australian Air Force from February 1944 until 1947. The wreckage of the aircraft was discovered in what is now Kroombit Tops National Park, located in The Boyne Valley in central Queensland, Australia on 2 August 1994.
Those killed in the crash were:
1st Lieutenant William Emmett McDaniel - pilot
2nd Lieutenant Eugene A. Kilcheski,
2nd Lieutenant Hilary E. Routt
Lieutenant Raymond L. Owen
Technical Sergeant Raymond L. Tucker
Technical Sergeant Harold J. Lemons.
Flight Lieutenant Thomas John Donald Cook - British fighter pilot
Flying Officer Roy Albert Arthur Cannon - British fighter pilot
Posting these photos not necessarily for their photographic merit. Mostly to share some history (and a bit of Australia).

Full set of pictures can be found here for anyone interested.

When the wreck was discovered, the US army came and sifted the entire area for human remains and returned them to their families. The bomber hit the cliff face just on day break. No warning was received, no shutes were deployed. All died on impact. The aircraft hit the cliff and flipped onto it's back, spreading wreckage across a couple hundred square metres.
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10-23-2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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Fascinating story. Always amazing how wreckage like that can go undiscovered for so many years. Glad the families finally got to bury their dead; even with the passing years it must have given them some comfort. TFP.

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