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DC3 Air Crash Memorial : 23-07-2013
DC3 Air Crash Memorial : 23-07-2013

Photographs supplied by John Huth

Wreckage of plane which is preserved as a war memorial commemorates the crash of VHI-CHD in 1945 which claimed six lives.

Airlines on loan from the United States Airforce to Australian National Airlines were flown by Australian civilian pilots as a courier service to New Guinea and the Philippines. Only two such aircraft came to grief; one in the Philippines late in the war, and the other on 5 May 1945 on approach to Higginsfield (an air base established for the War) where it was to change crews before proceeding to New Guinea. All six people on board lost their lives.

Location

Address:Airport Road, Near Higginsfield Airfield, Bamaga, 4876
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -10.917582
Long: 142.428832
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Technology
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:05-May-1945
Actual Event End Date:05-May-1945

Dedication

Front Inscription

(Plaque)
A DC-3 AIRCRAFT VH-CHD DEPARTED ARCHERFIELD BRISBANE AT 2039 HOURS ON 4-5-45 ENROUTE TO NEW GUINEA.
THE AIRCRAFT CRASHED AT THIS SITE AT 0518 HOURS ON 5-5-45.

THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED IN MEMORY OF ALL THOSE ON BOARD WHO DIED IN THE CRASH.

(Names)
 

Inscription in Proximity

DC3 CRASH SITE

THIS SITE IS MAINTAINED BY THE ARCHAELOGY BRANCH DEPT. OF COMMUNITY SERVICES AS A MEMORIAL TO THOSE WHO DIED IN THE ACCIDENT
PLEASE HELP US TO PRESERVE THE INTEGRITY OF THE AREA

Source: MA
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