Leonard Victor Waters Memorial Park Print Page
A park commemorates Leonard Waters who was the first and only aboriginal pilot of World War Two.
Leonard Victor Waters was born at Euraba Mission near Boomi on June 20, 1924. He later moved to "Old Toomelah" with his family and then again to Nindigully in QUeensland. When World War Two broke out he felt his destiny lay with the Airforce and joined the RAAF one day before the Battle of the Coral Sea on August 24, 1942. Upon joining he worked as ground staff then trained as a flight mechanic and was able to strip and reassemble Kittyhawk Fighter engines.
Later a shortage of pilots required the RAAF to call for more airmen In December 1943 Leonard volunteered for aircrew, was selected and commenced training in Victoria. He studied with 148 other students (48 were accepted as pilots. Leonard came 4th overall). Flight Sergeant Leonard Waters was posted to 78th Fighter Squadron at Noemffer Island Western New Guinea, in November 1944 and he was the only Aboriginal pilot to fly in World War Two. He flew a Kittyhawk Fighter, with "Black Magic" painted on the nose of the plane.
|Address:||117 Merriwa Street, Boggabilla, 2409|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -28.602778|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Thursday 24th October, 1996|
LEONARD VICTOR WATERS
With "Black Magic" Painted On The Fuselage
Of His Kitty Hawk, He Logged More Than 103
Hours Of Combat Flying And Earned The
1939-45 Star, Pacific Star War Medal 1939 - 1945,
Australian Service Medal And Returned
From Active Service Badge
20-06-1924 - 24-08-1993
Buried - St George Qld
LEONARD VICTOR WATERS MEMORIAL PARK
This Park Was Named In Recognition Of
Leonard Victor Waters Being The
First And Only Aboriginal Fighter Pilot
In World War II
Officially Opened On
Thursday, 24 October, 1996
Councillor M. A. Montgomery
Mayor : Moree Plains Shire Council