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-Beautiful-Betsy

The wreckage of "Beautiful Betsy" was not discovered until 49 years later on 2 August 1994, when park ranger, Mark Roe, was checking the results of a controlled burn-off in the Kroombit Tops National Park, about 80kms from Gladstone. Standing on an escarpment, he saw something glinting in the sunlight about 800 metres north of his location. He found the wreckage of "Beautiful Betsy" which had crashed on the side of an unnamed hillside. Those killed were:- 1st Lieutenant William Emmett McDaniel - pilot 2nd Lieutenant Eugene A. Kilcheski, 2nd Lieutenant Hilary E. Routt Lieutenant Raymond L. Owen Technical Sergeant Raymond L. Tucker Technical Sergeant Harold J. Lemons. Flight Lieutenant Thomas John Donald Cook - British Spitfire pilot Flying Officer Roy Albert Arthur Cannon British Spitfire pilot The following items were found in the wreckage:- Dental Prosthesis (bridge) 153 Bone fragments Personal effects/material evidence 9 Dog tags 2 Bracelets 38 Coins 4 Gold rings 1 Aviator's ring Flare gun with flare Aviator badge Bomber Badge Whistle 2 Dress Uniform belt buckles 9 Expended .45 cal rounds 2 British buttons 12 American buttons Razor Cigarette lighter 3 Eyeglass frames Pocket watch 1938 Class ring

-Beautiful-Betsy
johnbr, Mar 7, 2015