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A memorial commemorates fourteen Australian soldiers and five United States military personnel killed in an aircrash near Rolleston during World War Two.

The Dakota C-47 of the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron of the 374th Troop Carrier Group left Batchelor airfield in the Northern Territory at 7.30am on Tuesday 16 November 1943 heading for Archerfield airfield in Brisbane, via Gorrie, Daly Waters and Cloncurry. When the the C-47 left Batchelor airfield it carried the American crew of four plus an American Sergeant and fourteen Australian soldiers.

The aircraft was not able to land at Gorrie because the airfield was out of order, so they landed at Daly Waters where it picked up another passenger. RAAF A/Sgt Pitchford. They arrived at Cloncurry at 1245 pm where three more Australian soldiers boarded the aircraft. The aircraft broke up in mid-air in a violent storm over Rewan Station south of Springsure (about 200 miles south west of Rockhampton, and about 400 miles south of Mackay) at 3.00 pm killing the crew of four and all fifteen passengers on board .

The aircraft seemed to have disintegrated during a wild electrical storm as determined by a watch that had stopped at 4.25 p.m. There were no survivors. The bodies of the deceased were brought to a small park in Springsure before being relocated to Rockhampton. The American dead are believed to have been eventually returned to the United States of America after the war ended, in late 1947 or early 1948 and the 14 Australians were buried in Rockhampton Cemetery.


Address:Wyseby Road, about 3 kilometres south of Rewan Station, Rewan, 4702
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -24.976962
Long: 148.388941
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:16-November-1943
Actual Event End Date:16-November-1943


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 26th April, 2004
Front Inscription

This Cairn was erected by members of Roma Boy Scout Group (Venturers) and Roma and Injune RSL.  
In memory of American and Australian personnel aboard the C47B Dakota aircraft which crashed here during a violent electrical storm on 16th November 1943 while en route from Darwin to Brisbane, there being no survivors.

The following personnel were killed in this crash.

United States Army Air Corps

First Lt. R.E. Anglin (Pilot)    Second Lt. J.W. Kennedy (Co-pilot)
Sgt. Ropinski (Engineer)       Sgt. H.L. Baumstein (Radio Operator)
Sgt. R.L. Adkins

Royal Australian Air Force

F/Lt. R.E. Abbot
F/Lt. A.E. Watkin
Act/Sgt. R.K. Pitchford
Cpl. W. Brady
Cpl. F.P. Morris
L.A.C. J.G. Maxwell
L.A.C.  S.K. Sims

Australian Army

Lt. H.H. Lockie
Lt. R. Rowsell
Sgt. V.F. Bishop
Sgt. W.J. Parker
L/Sgt. T.W. Davey
Gnr. W.H. Dorman
Pte. A.H. Mildren

The American personnel were returned to USA for interment.

The Australian personnel were interred at Rockhampton cemetery.

Plaque :

The Assault Pioneer Platoon 25 Battalion RQR assisted in the recovery of the wreckage and the erection of this memorial

Oct 1973

Source: MA
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