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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. 

 


 

Location

Address:Lot Street, Gundaroo Public School, Gundaroo, 2620
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.029174
Long: 149.267317
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:07-December-1943
Actual Event End Date:07-December-1943

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 24th April, 1997
Front Inscription

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

Source: SKP,NRWM,MA
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