Frederick McGrill, Robert Wines & Ronald CavanaghPrint Page
A plaque and a propellor commemorates Squadron Leader Frederick McGrill, Flight-Lieutenant Robert Wines and Leading Aircraftman Ronald Cavanagh who were killed when their B-25 Mitchell bomber A47-24 crashed off Point Addis in 1944.
After becoming tangled in nets from the fishing trawler “Little Michael” in 1960, the propeller was recovered and made available to the Upwey RSL.
|Address:||1 Mast Gully Road, Upwey R.S.L. Club, Upwey, 3158|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.901752|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||01-December-1944|
|Actual Event End Date:||01-December-1944|
Propellor from RAAF B-25 Mitchell A47-24
A47-24 was a B-25D Mitchell, a twin-engined medium bomber built by the North American Aviation Company in Kansas City U.S.A. Initially issued for use by the Netherlands East Indies Air Force as N5-216, the aircraft was taken on charge by the RAAF in 1944.
On the 01 / 12 / 44, A47-24 was undergoing flight trials over the Torquay bombing range off Pt. Addis, when it appeared to catch fire and subsequently crashed into the sea.
Of its crew of 5, 3 were killed. This propellor was recovered after becoming entangled in fishing nets. Those killed were :
575 Squadron Leader Frederick McGrill
40232 Flight Lieutenant Robert Wines DFC
51756 Leading Aircraftman Ronald Cavanagh
Lest We Forget