Mackay's Flying Fortress: Remembering Australia's Worst Aviation Disaster in World War Two
In March 1943, an American Flying Fortress begins daily transport service, ferrying American GIs from the jungle battlefields of New Guinea to the US Army Rest Area in Mackay, Qld, for R&R leave. On June 14, 1943, she takes off from Mackay Airport on her final, tragic flight...
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