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A plaque commemorates the crash of the Royal Australian Air Force Catalina flying boat, A24-381.
Flight Lieutenant Smith was the captain of Catalina A24-381 which crashed at Lord Howe Island on the evening of 28 September 1948, taking the lives of seven of her nine crew members, including that of Flight Lieutenant Smith.
|Address:||Neds Beach Road, Malabar Hill, Lord Howe Island, 2898|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -31.517276|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||28-September-1948|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-September-1948|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||February-1979|
On 28th September, 1948 a R.A.A.F Catalina Flying Boat A24-381 from No 11 Squadron crashed on this spot aftre dark. Seven of the crew of nine men were killed.
Those killed were
Flt. Lt. M. D. Smith 403541 (Captain)
Flt. Lt. J. B. McCoy 439317
Flt. Lt. W. D. Keller 1636
Flt. Lt. A. McKenzie 38188
W. Off. S. H. Bacon 32007
W. Off. D. E. Salis 3982
Plt. III S. L. Piercey 415876
The survivors were
Flt. Lt. B. R. Bradley 414301
W. Off. J. D. Lea 442553
This plaque was set in position to commemorate this tragic crash