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Pathfinders Memorial Plaque
Pathfinders Memorial Plaque
Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Bronze plaque dedicated to the memory of the 'Pathfinders' Wing of the Royal Air Force and the associated Air Forces attached during World War Two. The memorial plaque is also dedicated to the Australian born founder and leader, Air Vice Marshall Don Bennett, CB.,C.B.E.,DSO.,F.R.A.E.S. ( 14.9.1910 - 15.9.1986) 

The Pathfinders were utilised by the Air Forces for increased precision bombing and targeting of sites, through use of navigational beams and incendiary (or fire) bombs, to direct other following aircraft. The death toll was 47% amongst crews and included more than 500 Australians.

 

Location

Address:Ann Street, ANZAC Square, Shrine of Remembrance Crypt, Brisbane, 4000
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.466428
Long: 153.0265
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:Sunday 8th May, 1988
Front Inscription

THIS MEMORIAL IS DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF ALL  PATHFINDERS BEING MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE OR MEMBERS OF THE AIR FORCES ATTACHED TO THE R.A.F.

SOME 3,800 PATHFINDERS BEING 47% OF THE FORCE INCLUDING NEARLY 500 AUSTRALIANS, LOST THEIR LIVES IN FLYING 50,490 OPERATIONAL SORTIES AGAINST 3,440 ENEMY TARGETS IN EUROPE. BETWEEN 14 AUG. 1942 AND 08 MAY 1945 THEY FLEW AS CREW MEMBERS IN WELLINGTON, STIRLING, HALIFAX, LANCASTER AND MOSQUITO AIRCRAFT IN THE FOLLOWING SQUADRONS OF BOMBER COMMAND R.A.F. 7, 35, 83, 109, 156, 97, 405 (CAN), 15,139, 627, 635, 582, 142, 614. 

TO THE MEMORY OF OUR SUPPORTING CREWS IN THE LIGHT NIGHT STRIKING FORCE AND OTHERS FLYING IN THE FOLLOWING SQUADRONS OF 8 GROUP, BOMBER COMMAND R.A.F. 571, 692, 608, 128, 162, 163, 1409.

TO THE MEMORY OF AUSTRALIAN BORN FOUNDER AND LEADER AIR VICE-MARSHAL DON BENNETT, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O., F.R.A.E.S. (14.9. 1910 - 15.9.1986)

DEDICATED ON 08 MAY 1988 BY THE PATH FINDER FORCE ASSOCIATION IN AUSTRALIA.

Source: SKP,QWMR, MA
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