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28-November-2015
28-November-2015
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A plaque commemorates civilian air crew who served during World War Two.

Eighteen people died in 1942 while operating unarmed aircraft in Papua New Guinea and over the Indian and Pacific oceans. The plaque is unique as it is the first one to honour civilians killed at war.

Location

Address:Fairbairn & Limestone Avenues, Australian War Memorial, Campbell, 2612
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.281167
Long: 149.148469
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 30th January, 2007
Front Inscription

In memory of those civilian aircrew and ground staff - who under control of the RAAF - operated unarmed aircraft in Papua New Guinea and over the Pacific and Indian Oceans during the Second World War.  Their roles included evacuating civilians and soldiers from threatened areas, dropping supplies to troops, and keeping the air routes and lines of communication open.

Eighteen Australian civilian aircrew were killed during the war.

During the Vietnam War members of the Australian Task Force and other personnel of Australian Forces, Vietnam were transported to and from the country by chartered QANTAS aircraft flown by civilian aircrew.

Dedicated by "Skippy Squadron" (QANTAS civilian aircrew - Vietnam) on 30 January 2007, the 65th anniversary of the first QANTAS aircraft and crew lost to enemy action in the Second World War.

Source: MA
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