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18-July-2014
18-July-2014
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A plaque commemorates those who served with the United States Army Air Force in the defence of Australia during World War Two.

Location

Address:The Esplanade, Darwin Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, Darwin, 0800
State:NT
Area:Foreign
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.466603
Long: 130.839997
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 10th July, 1979
Front Inscription

AUSTRALIA NEEDED ALL POSSIBLE HELP WHEN THE JAPANESE INVASION WAS CLOSE ON 19TH FEBRUARY 1942. A GROUP OF YOUNG MEN OF THE U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE TRAPPED IN THE AIR AND ON THE GROUND BY ENEMY PLANES FOUGHT AND GAVE ALL THEY COULD FOR MANY MORE MONTHS. GREATLY OUTNUMBERED BY THE ENEMY THE 49TH FIGHTER GROUP INTERCEPTED EVERY ATTACK TAKING TOLL FAR OUT OF PROPORTION TO ITS OWN LOSSES.

THIS IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF THE BRAVE MEN OF THE U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN DEFENCE OF AUSTRALIA DURING WORLD WAR II AND ACKNOWLEDGES WITH GRATITUDE THE COURAGE OF THOSE WHO SURVIVED.

UNVEILED BY MAJOR-GENERAL HUTCHINSON  D.S.M.  L.M.  D.F.C. A.M. ON 10TH JULY 1979 DURING
THE RETURN VISIT BY FORMER MEMBERS OF THE 49TH FIGHTER GROUP US 5TH AIR FORCE.

Source: SKP
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