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A monument commemorates a United States Liberator Bomber of the 528th Bomb Squadron of the 380th Bomber Group which went missing in 1945 with the loss of eight lives. The wreckage was found in 1994.
USAAF B-24D-53-CO Liberator, #42-40387, "Beautiful Betsy", of the 528th Bomb Squadron of the 380th Bomb Group went missing on 26 February 1945 with the loss of 8 lives (6 American and 2 British service personnel). The Liberator was on a Fat Cat mission from Fenton to Eagle Farm airfield.
The wreckage of "Beautiful Betsy" was not discovered until 49 years later on 2 August 1994, when park ranger, Mark Roe, was checking the results of a controlled burn-off in the Kroombit Tops National Park, about 80 kilometres from Gladstone. Standing on an escarpment, he saw something glinting in the sunlight about 800 metres north of his location. He found the wreckage of "Beautiful Betsy" which had crashed on the side of an unnamed hillside.
|Address:||Tableland Road , Kroombit Tops National Park, Kroombit Tops|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -24.357222|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||26-February-1945|
|Actual Event End Date:||26-February-1945|
In memory of the six American and two British airmen who lost their lives here.
27 February 1945
Rest In Peace