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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 VH-CXD in 1945 which claimed six lives.

Planes 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 this plane 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. 

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-CXD 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.

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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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