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A monument which is a scale replica of an Avro Anson aeroplane commemorates four Royal Australian Air Force personel who lost their lives when their plane crashed whilst on patrol in February 1944.
The four airmen, Flight Sergeant James Henry MacLellan of Victoria, Flight Sergeant Dennis Baulderstone of South Australia, Leading Aircraftman Norman Kruck of Queensland and Leading Aircraftman Brian Ladyman of Western Australia were flying from Mount Gambier air base when they crashed on the island. Their remains and part of their Avro Anson plane have lain in the ocean at the base of the island since then. The crew was officially listed as “missing on non-operational navigation exercise”.
Monument characteristics :
Bluestone pillar with scale replica of an Avro Anson aircraft. Two plaques on the front of the pillar
|Address:||The Crags, Yambuk, 3285|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.371231|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||15-February-1944|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-February-1944|
|Monument Designer:||Ian Knowles|
AVRO ANSON AW 878
This plaque was erected by the Rotary Club of Warrnambool East, in memory of the four Royal Australian Air Force personel who lost their lives when their plane lost contact with its base in Mount Gambier on February 1944.
For reasons unknown they tried to land their plane, an Avro Anson on Lady Julia Percy Island south of this piece of land. The plane is believed to have been on submarine surveillance at the time.
Flight Sgt. J.H. MacLellen
Flight Sgt D.l. Baulderstone
LAC N.T. Kruck
LAC B.C. Ladyman
Monument donated by MICHAEL & CHERYL STEEL
Local quarried bluestone provided, sculpted and placed by BAMSTONE
Stonemason: Ian Knowles