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29-November-2013
29-November-2013

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A monument commemorates four servicemen who died whilst on a training flight in April 1942.

On 14 April 1942, a Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) Avro Anson was on a routine training flight from Cootamundra to Blayney and return.   On board were the pilot and three trainee Air Observers.

Between Goulburn and Blayney the aircraft flew into some fog and low cloud, and the pilot, Sergeant Bruce Walker decided to turn around and return to Cootamundra.  North of Gunning he descended to find a break in the clouds to check his location. At this time the plane passed between two high hills into a steep gully, and crashed into the hill at the end of the gully.

Location

Address:Copeland Street, Gunning, 2581
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.784956
Long: 149.265003
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:14-April-1942
Actual Event End Date:14-April-1942

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 11th November, 1996
Front Inscription

In Memory Of Four Australian Airmen
411414 SGT. WALKER B. E. Pilot
And Three Trainee Observers 
414263 L.A.C. ROJAHN I. R.
413902 L.A.C. SAUERBIER H. M.
414297 L.A.C. SIDORENKO A. 
Who Were Killed While Training To Defend
Their Country During World War Two
When An Anso Aircraft Number AX.420
Crashed North Of Gunning 14.4.1942

     LEST WE FORGET
 

Source: MA
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