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23-February-2016
23-February-2016
Photographs supplied by Neil Follett

A plaque commemorates Flying Officer Thomas Power & Pilot Officer Michael Stowell Dicken who were killed when their Wirraway aircraft crashed in August 1943.

On the 17th August 1943, Pilot Officer Michael Perry Stowell Dicken (419115) Pupil Pilot and Flying Officer Thomas Philip Power (408700) Staff Flying Instructor were both aboard Wirraway A20-545 carrying out section combat exercises where P/O Dicken was taking instruction as part on No.23 Fighter Operational Training Course. A20-545 was seen by another crew in the exercise to pull suddenly out of a steep dive at low altitude and see one of A20-545’s wings part company from the aircraft. This then followed into an unrecoverable dive into the ground 15 miles (24km) South East of 2OTU at 10:50am, this ejected both pilots from the fuselage sustaining fatal injuries instantly.

 

Location

Address:Birkins Road, Iraak, 3494
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.415596
Long: 142.273791
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:17-August-1943
Actual Event End Date:17-August-1943

Dedication

Front Inscription

        In memory of
F/O Thomas Philip POWER 
     Aged 24 years
               and
P/O Michael Perry Stowell
 DICKEN 
        Aged 20 years
both RAAF who crashed near this site
while flying Wirraway A20-545
   on 17 August 1943
Donor : Mildura Rural City Council

Source: MA
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