In 1940, an aerial training battle took place over the small Australian settlement of Broxlby, as a result of which two aircraft grappled together in a collision. However, the planes did not crash, as is usually the case, but landed safely. It is noteworthy that the engines of both vehicles were almost completely out of order, thanks to which the aircraft were able to stay in the air. The pilot and navigators from the vessel located below ejected almost immediately, but the pilot who controlled the “upper” plane decided to land the vessels on the ground.
He did it - the "construction" landed on a field near Broxlby, plowing 200 meters of land. Both aircraft did not receive critical damage, were repaired and later used as part of the Australian Air Force.
How did the collision happen?
Leonard Fuller and Jack Houston were the names of the two pilots who pushed their Avro Anson into a seemingly hopeless bend. The engagement was accomplished by wedging the turret of the lower aircraft into the wing root of the second ship. As a result, the engines of Fuller's plane were jammed by the nacelle. Of course, Houston, along with other crew members, immediately jumped out of the plane (as a result of the collision, the pilot was injured by fragments of the hull on his back), but Fuller decided to stay in the cockpit, saving Avro Anson from a crash.
Clash over Brocklesby in the USA
Fuller flew a whopping 8 kilometers in this uncomfortable position and, using the still running engine of one of the aircraft, ailerons and flaps, landed in the field. Of course, the pilot was lucky that in the relative proximity of the collision site there was such a flat area, which, judging by the assurances of Commander Fuller, was the ideal choice.
This situation immediately gained prominence in the media space, making the small and unknown settlement popular. The actions of the professional pilot Leonard Fuller made it possible to achieve two goals at once: to save the lives of the crew members and to save significant funds that would have been spent on repairing the collapsed aircraft. Jack Houston, who left his ship, returned to the service after a short treatment for his back and continued his studies (he graduated from the courses in the same year).
Leonard's fate was as follows: after a successful landing, he was promoted to sergeant, but, at the same time, the authorities decided to punish the pilot for giving interviews to journalists without the consent of the management. After completing his studies in October 1940, Fuller received a commendation from the British Air Transport Council for his courage and courage in a critical situation. In 1942, he received the Flying Combat Merit Medal and was sent as an instructor home to Australia. Leonard's life ended two years later - in March 1944, he had an accident while driving a bicycle (he was hit to death by a bus).