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Wirraway Air Crash
Wirraway Air Crash

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A monument commemorates the servicemen killed when two aircrat collided over Cleveland during World War Two.

Two RAAF Wirraways, A20-100 and A20-290 of 23 Squadron RAAF, from Archerfield airfield in Brisbane collided over Ormiston/Thornlands area near Cleveland in the Redlands Shire on 13 February 1942 during a practice of air fighting tactics. Debris from the two aircraft fell over the local school and cemetery and onto the shores of Moreton Bay. Four airmen were killed.

Location

Address:Russell & Wellington Streets, Cemetery, Cleveland, 4163
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.529722
Long: 153.253889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Approx. Event Start Date:1942
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Approx. Event End Date:1942

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 24th March, 2000
Front Inscription

23 (CITY OF BRISBANE) 
RAAF SQUADRON 

WIRRAWAY A20-290   WIRRAWAY A20-100
404068 SGT PILOT       405337 SGT PILOT
G.A.R. HARDY               G.H.WILLIAMS
4576 AIR OBS SGT       2216 AIR OBS SGT
F.S.PLEDGE                  A. C. LORD

WE HONOUR THE MEMORIES OF THE TWO CREWS

Plaque :

50TH. ANNIVERSARY OF THE END OF WORLD WAR II
During World War II two Wirraway Aircraft collided above  Moreton Bay with one crashing into Tidal Flat at Thornlands. The other landed here in the Cleveland Cemetery with the wing landing in the Cleveland State School grounds. Four Airmen were killed in the crash. 

Source: MA
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