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20-November-2016 (Arthur Garland)
20-November-2016 (Arthur Garland)

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A cross commemorates local man Jack Mitchell and members of his crew who were killed in World War Two.

Pilot Officer Jack Mitchell was the pilot of Lancaster bomber N-Nuts on a raid over Magdeburg, southwest of Berlin, in January 1944. On its return the Lancaster was shot down. The crew were listed as missing until the end of the war when it was found they had been buried with full military honours by the Germans.

On his last leave home, Jack Mitchell climbed to the top of Sugarloaf with some friends and jammed a stick between rocks on the peak. As he did so, he declared, “I wonder if this will be here when I come home?”  His Lancaster, from No. 467 Squadron RAAF, was the only bomber not to return from the Magdeburg raid. On hearing the news, Mitchell’s father, Cliff, climbed to where his son had placed his stick and erected a wooden cross. In time a wooden shield was added, commemorating the Lancaster crew.


Address:Sugarloaf Peak, Apsley, 7030
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.446336
Long: 147.149565
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:22-January-1944
Actual Event End Date:22-January-1944


Front Inscription

[ Names ]

To the memory of Pilot Officer Jack Mitchell and his gallant crew who were killed in action in Germany

22 Jan. 1944

"In God`s care"




Inscription in Proximity
Cpl C. C. Mitchell
4th Rly Unit
Source: MA,TWM
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