RAAF Wirraway A20-286, of 5 Squadron RAAF based at Kingaroy, crash-landed 12 April 1943 around 4 pm after a pilot navigational exercise.

The aircraft suffered an engine failure due to the failure of a push rod and was force landed in a field at Quinalow, causing considerable damage.

The two crew members were slightly injured and were as follows:-

Frank Masson


Service number 408693

Born 25 September 1913 Mansfield Victoria

NOK William Masson

Enlisted 22 May 1941 Melbourne

Discharged 26 September 1945

Rank Flight Lieutenant

Posting at discharge 8 Operational Training Unit

Honours Distinguished Flying Cross

Died 1984 Heidelberg Victoria

Son of William Masson & Elizabeth Muir

Wife Shirley Olive Bickley


Francis Bruce Oswell


Service number 12670

Born 11 January 1920 Malvern Victoria

NOK Glenda Oswell

Enlisted 13 January 1941 Melbourne

Discharged 28 March 1946

Rank Flying Officer

Posting at discharge 2 Aircraft Depot

Died 19 August 2003 Brisbane

Son of Frank Livingstone Oswell & Mary Elizabeth Jones

Wife Glenda Mavis Grundy

Francis went on to become a well-known Queensland architect


Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 – 1954), Saturday 3 June 1944, page 3




Research by historian Leisa Carney