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A monument commemorates the crash of a Wirraway aeroplane A-20-265 in April 1942, and the death of the two airmen on board.

Wirraway A-20-265 went into service in May 1941 and on April 4th 1942, crashed in fog into the hills near Lima South in the Strathbogie Ranges enroute from Deniliquin to Laverton. The two airmen, No. 416593 L.A.C. J. W. Masters and No. 408213 Sgt. M. W. Sowter were killed. The wreck was retrieved and used for components to keep others flying. 

Note :  This monument is located in bushland, and you follow Police Track (partially gravel) through to a signposted t-junction that points to the memorial site, turn right here, and follow the forestry road through to another signposted t-junction. Turn right here, and the memorial is about 500 metres away


Address:Creamery Lane, via Police Track, Lima East, 3673
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.814533
Long: 145.9124
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:04-April-1942
Actual Event End Date:04-April-1942


Front Inscription

On April 4th, 1942 at 2pm, two airmen
No. 416593 L.A.C. J. W. Masters
No. 408213 Sgt. M. W. Sowter
on a flight from Deniliquin to Laverton
in a Wirraway A-20-265
died here when their plane crashed in fog.
Lest We Forget

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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