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DOWN AT SEA

GENERALS IN CRASH

Party Rescued After 45 Minutes

In Water

Rec. 12.30 p.m. SYDNEY, this day.

Two A.I.F. divisional commanders, Major-General J. E. S. Stevens and Major-General H. C. H. Robertson, were injured when a plane flying between Wewak and Lae, New Guinea, crashed into the sea on Thursday night. The passengers and crew clung to the sinking wreckage until signals flashed by General Robertson from an electric torch brought a ship to their rescue. They were in the water about 45 minutes, endangered by sharks, as well as the possibility of drowning. General Stevens suffered two broken ribs and General Robertson was badly shaken and suffered abrasions to the face. Both had been through\ a strenuous campaign in cleaning up the Japanese from the islands and were on their way to the mainland. It was dark at the time and it is understood that the plane lost height as it was coming in low over the sea toward the airstrip, which is close to the shore. General Stevens is commander of the Sixth Division in North New Guinea and General Robertson, commander of the Fifth Division on New Britain.

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DOWN AT SEA, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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DOWN AT SEA Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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