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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.
|Address:||Airport Road, Near Higginsfield Airfield, Bamaga, 4876|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -10.917582|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||05-May-1945|
|Actual Event End Date:||05-May-1945|
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.
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