Aviation Ring

B24 Liberator Wreck at Moonlight Creek 
USAAF B-24 Liberator #41-23762 "Little Eva"
of the 321st Squadron, 90th Bombardment Group based at Iron Range.
The aircraft crashed near Burriejella waterhole at Moonlight Creek, Escott Station, Far North Queensland in 1942. The crash site is approximately 60km NW of  Escott.
Two of the 10 crewmen were rescued by the manager of Escott after 13 days of deprivation, as detailed in this account of the search by police officer Bob Hagarty. The episode is featured in a one hour documentary "The Aeroplane Dance" by Film Australia and has aired on the National Geographic channel in 1999.
Although the position of the wreckage is known, it is in a very inaccessible location. A recent expedition retired after suffering 12 flat tyres.
Peter Dunn tells the tragic story of the crash and its aftermath in a well researched page here.
The photos above were in the possession of Escott Lodge in 2001. Provenance unknown.
More Images

An Account of the Search
Sgt Gaston's Account (6mb PDF)

The epic outback search for the crew of Little Eva
by Barry Ralph
Listed on Ozatwar.com


You can always tell when a man has lost his soul to flying. The poor bastard is hopelessly committed to stopping whatever he is doing long enough to look up and make sure the aircraft purring overhead continues on course and does not suddenly fall out of the sky. It is also his bound duty to watch every aircraft within view take off and land. ~ Ernest K Gann, 'Fate is the Hunter.'