The Cape York Peninsula is located in the far north of Queensland in Australia. Also known as simply Cape York. Located at the northern tip is Bamaga. Offshore to the north is the Torres Strait including Horn island ((Ngurapai).
The Escape River is located on the Cape York Peninsula. On May 1, 1942 a group of P-39 Airacobras took off from Antil Plains Airfield near Townsville on a ferry flight bound for Port Moresby. After refueling at Cooktown Airfield, they ran into a heavy
storm near Horn Island. Flight leader Charles Faletta decided to head back to land to find a suitable place
land. Faletta and his wingman Harvey chose to land at a spot
near the Escape River on the Cape York
P-39D Airacobra Serial
Pilot Faletta force landed May 1, 1942 salvaged 1972 today displayed at The Beck Museum
P-39F Airacobra Serial
Pilot Harvey force landed May 1, 1942 salvaged 1971
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October 23, 2019