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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
Long: 142.111018
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:15-February-1944
Actual Event End Date:15-February-1944
Monument Designer:Ian Knowles
Monument Manufacturer:Bamstone


Front Inscription


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

Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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