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Vasey Esplanade  Air Disaster Plaque
Vasey Esplanade Air Disaster Plaque

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A plaque commemorates the naming of Vasey Esplanade in honour of Major-General G.A. Vasey who was killed in an aircraft crash off Machans Beach in 1945 . The plaque is also dedicated to the other victims of the crash. The plaque is attached to the Marlin Coast World War Two Memorial. 

George Alan Vasey CB, CBE, DSO and Bar (29 March 1895 – 5 March 1945) was an Australian soldier. He rose to the rank of Major General during the Second World War, before being killed in a plane crash near Cairns in 1945.

The aircraft Vasey was travelling in, RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-118, took off from RAAF Station Archerfield on the afternoon of 5 March 1945. Due to a cyclone that was ravaging the Queensland coast at the time, the aircraft crashed into the sea about 400 metres (440 yd) out from Machans Beach, just north of the mouth of the Barron River, 2 kilometres short of the Cairns Airport. Vasey was killed in the crash along with all those on board.

Location

Address:Vasey Esplanade, Trinity Beach, 4879
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.786889
Long: 145.700528
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:05-March-1945
Actual Event End Date:05-March-1945

Dedication

Front Inscription

VASEY ESPLANADE 
NAMED TO HONOUR THE MEMORY OF THE LATE
MAJ. GEN. G.A.VASEY 
C.B. C.B.E. D.S.O. & BAR E.D. M.C (GREECE) D.S.C. (USA) 
COMMANDER 6TH & 7TH AUST.INF. DIV'S 
KILLED IN AN AIRCRAFT CRASH OFF MACHANS
BEACH 5TH MARCH 1945 - AGED 49 YRS.

Also Lost

Maj.Gen. R.M. Downes C.M.G. V.D. Army Medical Corps
Lt.Col.G.A.Bertram O.B.E. M.I.D.
Lt Col. R.H.Russell D.S.O.M.I.D. M.I.D.
Flt. Lt. D.J.Bassett
Flt. Lt. J. W. Newell R.A.A.F. 

Flying Officer G.Thomson D.F.M. R.A.A.F.
Lt. W. Riggall
W.O. B.S.Frieze R.A.A.F.
A/CPL E.L. James
L.A.C. I.D. Moore 

 

 

Source: SKP, ADB
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