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A plaque commemorates Michael Rowan, Peter Eccelston and John Atkinson who were members of No.2 Airfield Construction Squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force who lost their lives by drowning in April 1952.

Rowan and Eccelston tried to rescue Atkinson and four men from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Engineers.


Address:West Island, Airport Road, Administration Centre, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, 6799
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.188333
Long: 96.829511
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:06-April-1952
Actual Event End Date:06-April-1952


Front Inscription

Erected by the members of No.2 Airfield Construction Squadron Royal Australian Air Force in memory of 

Michael Paul Rowan  leading aircraftman R.A.A.F.
Peter James Eccelston  aircraftman R.A.A.F. and
John Emery Atkinson able seaman R.N.

The airmen lost their lives in an heroic attempt by members of 2 A. C. S. to rescue Atkinson and four members of Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Engineers who were in danger of drowning beyond the reef off this point on Sunday 6 April 1952.

Source: MA
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