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Catalina A24 24 Memorial Plaque
Catalina A24 24 Memorial Plaque

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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
Long: 148.246695
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:17-August-1943
Actual Event End Date:17-August-1943


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 17th August, 2013
Front Inscription

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 :
20 Squadron 
[ Names ]

Australian Army Medical Corps :
2/7th Australian General Hospital
[ Names ]
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

Source: MA,DVA
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