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1938 Kyeema Crash Site - Mount Dandenong

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by Andrew Burton (subscribe)
I am a Freelance Writer-Photographer and Novelist. I travel to find inspiration, wherever the distant horizons lead.
Published November 25th 2013
Source: Novakreo / Wikimedia Commons


Leaving Adelaide at 11:22 a.m. on the 25th of October 1938, the flight chattered for Essendon Airport encountered foggy conditions as it neared Melbourne. Through a gap in the fog, the crew assumed they were near Daylesford, when it is more probable they were near Sunbury.

It is speculated that if the pilots had verified their position using ground speed and previous land marks, then they would have realised that they were closer to Melbourne than anticipated. Furthermore, records indicate the radio operator requested a radio bearing to which Essendon asked the radio operator to leave there transmitter on. The flight did not and the signal faded ...

At 1:45 p.m. , working in fog shrouded bushland surrounding Ridge Road Mt Dandenong, Bob Logan and Tom Murphy were clearing undergrowth on the road side. The noise of the approaching aircraft became evident from the west, and was growing louder. The engine noise rose to a powerful throb, which was then overlaid by a loud screeching, then a sudden sound of smashing metal, and a tremendous explosion, shaking the ground beneath their feet!

Great orange flames rose sharply into the trees, and black smoke billowed from the site. Both men ran toward the scene, not 50 yards away. The ferocity of the flames prevented the men from getting close, they could only watch on in horror at the tragedy before them.

It was evident the plane had lopped trees off before impact, and had lost its wings in the process. The four crew members and fourteen passengers all perished.

The location, information board and the crash site can be found on Ridge Road turning into Ospray Road, which is merely a car park beside a power substation more then a road. Take the track to the left, then fork right no more than 50 meters from the car park. Enjoy the views and other tracks.

References
Tell Tales of the Yarra Valley
1938 Kyeema crash - Wikipedia
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Where: Osprey Rd / Ridge Rd, Mount Dandenong 3767
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