Catalina A24-24 Memorial Print Page
A plaque unveiled on the 70th anniversary commememorates those on board the Catalina A24-24 who lost their lives when the plane crashed off Bowen during World War Two. A plaque has also been unveiled at the crash site.
The Catalina, A24-24, of 20 Squadron RAAF, took off from Bowen on 17 August 1943 on an air to sea gunnery training exercise flight. At the conclusion of firing practice, the aircraft was making a run across the wave tops over a choppy sea and it is assumed that the port wing hit the water and the aircraft crashed into the sea and sank approximately 5 miles east of Bowen.
Six crew members were killed and in addition eight Army Medical Corps (AAMC) personnel of the 2/7th A.G.H who were passengers on the Catalina, were missing believed killed. Two crew members were rescued. It was the largest fatality toll in regards to a Catalina crash during World War Two in Bowen.
|Address:||Santa Barbara Parade, Catalina Memorial , Bowen , 4805|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -20.01806|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||17-August-1943|
|Actual Event End Date:||17-August-1943|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 17th August, 2013|
In memory of the 14 young men lost in the crash of Catalina A24-24 on the 17th August, 1943 off the coast of Bowen during World War II
Royal Australian Air Force :
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Australian Army Medical Corps :
2/7th Australian General Hospital
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They shall not grow, as we that are left grow old :
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest We Forget