THE LOSS OF FIREFLY WD869  

When they finally reached the still burning wreckage they realized that it was too late to render any assistance to the unfortunate crew.    Some twenty minutes later, the Navy rescue team arrived, having climbed the hills from Broughton Village.    It was a weary and solemn group that gathered together as a Naval Officer said a prayer for the souls of his two young comrades.

With very little evidence to go on the accident investigation concluded that the crew had become lost.   Being displaced some 20 miles north of track and mistaking the lighthouse at Kiama for that at Point Perpendicular on Beecroft Head, they had descended below lowest safe altitude in the belief that they were on track back to Albatross.


When they finally reached the still burning wreckage they realized that it was too late to render any assistance to the unfortunate crew. Some twenty minutes later, the Navy rescue team arrived, having climbed the hills from Broughton Village. It was a weary and solemn group that gathered together as a Naval Officer said a prayer for the souls of his two young comrades.

With very little evidence to go on the accident investigation concluded that the crew had become lost. Being displaced some 20 miles north of track and mistaking the lighthouse at Kiama for that at Point Perpendicular on Beecroft Head, they had descended below lowest safe altitude in the belief that they were on track back to Albatross.


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