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A plaque commemorates Flight Lieutenant Richard Henry Roe and Pilot Officer James Noel Harris who died in the crash of an Air Force Vultee Vengeance aircraft which was taking part in an air display at Flemington Racecourse.

The aircraft originating from RAAF Laverton, was taking part in an air display at nearby Flemington Racecourse when control was lost because of equipment malfunction and that it crashed on buildings in the vicinity, killing the crew.


Address:Macaulay Road , Macaulay Railway Station, North Melbourne, 3051
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.795047
Long: 144.936256
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:04-September-1943
Actual Event End Date:04-September-1943


Front Inscription

On Saturday afternoon of September 4th 1943, a Royal Australian Air Force Vultee Vengeance dive bomber crashed into buildings which were then situated in this vicinity.

The aircraft had been partici­pating in an aerial display over the Flemington Racecourse. Equipment failure was cited as a possible cause of the disaster.

Flight Lieutenant Richard Henry Roe, Distinguished Flying Cross – Pilot

Pilot Officer James Noel Harris – wireless / airgunner.

This plaque is dedicated to the two officers who were killed in the accident.

Eternal Rest

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