Long Beach Fighter Command.
Sacramento Air Depot.
San Francisco (Port of Embarkation).
SUMAC (Fifth Air Force SWPA) to
(Fifth Air Force SWPA)
at 1AD, Laverton, Vic. The Form E/E88 for A55-2 does not record any
Lt Talberg, Flt Lt Sinnott and Flt Lt Lawrie received their twin endorsements
in Oxford AS311 prior to converting to the Lightning. (Source: 2)
flight by Flt Lt Talberg 30min. (His first Lightning flight. Presumably
ex Laverton.) (Source: 2)
(no details) 1hr 45min (Source: 2) (Probably photographic training
to 1PRU ex 1AD.
test 1hr. (Source: 2)
test 30min. (Source: 2)
2hr 20min. (Source: 2)
Springs 4hr. (Source: 2)
Springs-Batchelor 3hr 55min. (Source: 2)
20min. (Source: 2)
1PRU ORB states that A55-2 departed Laverton in company with A55-1
on this date on delivery to 1PRU. Flt Lt Talberg's log book indicates
that A55-2 departed Laverton on 28OCT42.
1PRU Hughes N.T.
Island-Darwin-Hughes 2hr 10min. (Source: 2)
Recce Tanimbar Island 3hr 15min. (Source: 2)
Recce Dilli and Atamboea 5hr. (Source: 2)
2 miles west of Livingstone, N.T. The following report on the accident
is drawn from NAA Series A9845 Item 7127491.|
"On the morning of 20th November, 1942, Flight Lieutenant A.T.
Cridland (424) was instructed by Squadron Leader L.W. Law (144) to
carry out an engine test on aircraft A55-2. The test was to be at
all heights up to 30,000 feet, R/T contact was to be maintained throughout
The aircraft took off at 1030/K hours. At approximately 1150 hours,
No. 3944 Flight Sergeant R.W. Blanch saw the aircraft circling the
aerodrome at approximately 5,000 feet with the starboard airscrew
fully feathered. While across wind on the second circuit the flaps
and undercarriage were lowered. Apparently the pilot misjudged the
approach, because when only a few hundred feet up he put on engine
and turned to the west of Hughes. At approximately 1210 hours, two
miles west of Livingstone, the aircraft crashed and burnt, killing
An examination of the aircraft by Squadron Leader L.W. Law revealed
throttles were in full open position. (As the starboard engine
was feathered it is obvious that the engine was switched off
and throttle opening would not effect the engine.)
airscrews were in fully fine position. (See note to (a).)
coolant gill levers were in full open position.
flap lever was in the neutral position; the flaps being either
up or down. The flaps themselves appear to have been in the
up position at the time of the crash, but the undercarriage
Turbo supercharger rotor on the starboard engine had completely
disintegrated. No trace of any of the 142 buckets could be found.
The starboard wing was scored where the rotor buckets had struck
it in several places. As the rotor has a speed of 21,300 R.P.M.
at altitude, the buckets on the circumference are travelling
at approximately 700 feet per second.
aircraft crashed vertically into the ground.
major part of the airframe or engines is salvageable although
some component parts of the engines may be salvaged.
report concludes with details of the pilot and states that Flight
Lieutenant Cridland was buried at the Berrimah Military Cemetry
on 20th November 1942.
to components by 1RSU.
by Fifth Air Force, Brisbane.