Squadron Leader William Wright & Sergeant Alan ChandlerPrint Page
A monument commemorates two pilots who lost their lives in a mid-air collision in 1944. The depression adjacent to the memorial is the place where the aircraft piloted by Sergeant Chandler crashed. A section of ignition harness from the aircraft was set into the memorial but has since been removed.
At 8:50am on 19 April 1944, three Spitfires of 548 Squadron RAF, took off from Strathpine airfield. Two of these Spitfires had a mid air collision near the Strathpine airfield just north of Brisbane. LF.VIII Spitfire A58-392 (JG342) collided with LF.VII Spitfire A58-393 (JG350). The two British pilots Wright and Chandler were both killed.
|Address:||Dayboro & Youngs Crossing Roads, Petrie, 4502|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -27.263386|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||19-April-1944|
|Actual Event End Date:||19-April-1944|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 19th April, 1997|
THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY THE ROTARY
CLUB OF PINE RIVERS, PINE RIVERS SHIRE
COUNCIL AND THE PINE RIVERS DISTRICT
SUB BRANCH R.S.L. IN MEMORY OF SQN. LDR.
WILLIAM HENRY ALEXANDER WRIGHT AND SGT.
ALAN VICTOR CHANDLER WHO LOST THEIR
LIVES IN A MID AIR COLLISION OVER THIS SITE
INVOLVING TWO SPITFIRES OF NO. 548 SQUADRON,
RAF BASED AT STRATHPINE, AT 0850 HOURS
19 APRIL 1944
DEDICATED ON 19 APRIL 1997