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A plaque commemorates the five Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F) personnel who were killed when a 13 Squadron Ventura bomber A59-55 crashed near Gundaroo while on a training flight.
In 1943 a plane crash claimed the lives of five young Royal Australian Air Force airmen just south of Gundaroo.
The plane, a Lockheed Ventura, had taken off from Fairbairn just after lunch on December 7, 1943, when it was seen executing violent manoeuvres to the north of Canberra. Eyewitnesses later said the plane suddenly turned turtle and crashed into the ground upside down killing all on board.
|Address:||Lot Street, Gundaroo Public School, Gundaroo, 2620|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -35.029174|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||07-December-1943|
|Actual Event End Date:||07-December-1943|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 24th April, 1997|
IN MEMORY OF 5 R.A.A.F. AIRMEN
414605 FLG OFF SINCLAIR R. A. AGED 22
426847 FLT SGT PATERSON W. K. H. AGED 19
429393 FLT SGT PAUL J. A. AGED 19
408429 FLT SGT TUMILTY R. P. AGED 21
411424 FLT SGT WRIGHT A. H. AGED 21
WHO WERE KILLED WHEN A 13 SQUADRON VENTURA
BOMBER A59-55 CRASHED NEAR GUNDAROO WHILE
ON A TRAINING FLIGHT ON 7-12-1943.
LEST WE FORGET.
Erected by the Gunning Sub-Branch R.S.L. on 24-4-1997