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Catalina Flying Boat : 17-July-2014
Catalina Flying Boat : 17-July-2014

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A plaque commemorates the crew of Catalina Flying Boat A24-39 which crash landed near Port Stephens with the loss of 7 lives in 1943.

Catalina, A24-39 (USN 0826), of 3 Operational Training Unit Rathmines (3 OTU) crashed during a landing in rough seas opposite Wonderrabah Knob, Port Stephens, New South Wales on 24 May 1943. The aircraft had been delivered to the RAAF in February 1942. There were two survivors. Those killed were :-
Flight Lieutenant Brian Hartley Higgins (400620) - Pilot
Pilot Officer Max Alexander Larkan (409842) - 2nd Pilot
Sergeant Alan Fullerton Craddock (408799) - 2nd Pilot
Pilot Officer Norman John Brown (411992) -  Gunner
Corporal Thomas Henry Poole (19812) - Fitter 2E
LAC Henry George Lovett (21419) - Fitter 2A
Corporal Jaffre David James (8164) - Fitter 2E

Location

Address:5a Lighthouse Road, Inner Light Maritime Museum & Tea Rooms, Nelson Bay, 2315
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.710404
Long: 152.161264
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2

Dedication

Front Inscription

                 IN MEMORY 
OF THE CREW OF CATALINA FLYING BOAT 
                         A24 - 39 
THAT CRASHED ON LANDING ON ROUGH WATER 
                 IN PORT STEPHENS 
                   ON 24 MAY 1943

KILLED WERE :
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Source: MA
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