Michael Rowan, Peter Eccelston & John AtkinsonPrint Page
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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||06-April-1952|
|Actual Event End Date:||06-April-1952|
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.