On this day …….. 28th of January 1942

An inquest was held on this day in 1942, into the death of two men who were hit by an aircraft in a paddock outside Benalla. The aircraft, was making an emergency landing, after experiencing engine trouble. The men were two farmers, George Forshaw and Russell Fleming. At the time, they were fighting a bushfire, together with two policemen. The two policemen were injured. The inquest return a verdict of accidental death.