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A plaque commemorates Keith Anderson and H. S. Hitchcock who died of thirst while attempting a search rescue for Charles-Kingsford Smith in 1929. 

Keith Anderson flew as a World War One fighter pilot in France and planned to fly with Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Ulm across the Pacific from the United States of America to Australia in 1927. However after many setbacks he had to withdraw for financial reasons and the other two did the flight in 1928 in the ` Southern Cross`.

Charles Kingsford-Smith disappeared in his aircraft `Southern Cross` in rough terrain in Australia in 1929. He was found just after Anderson and `Bob` Hitchcock failed to complete their search flight. Their plane had sustained engine failure over the desert and they died of a lingering thirst  and were found many days later amid national mourning. 


Address:108 Whitelaw Street, Meeniyan, 3956
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.577933
Long: 146.013515
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

BUILT 1968 - 1970

Link The Lush Rolling Hills Of South Gippsland
With The Parched Desert Of Central Australia.

In 1929, Lost Somewhere In That Vastness,
Was Squadron Leader C. E. Kingsford Smith

In Searching To Rescue Him,
Lt. Keith Vincent Anderson  
Royal Flying Corps
H. S. ("Bobby") Hitchcock Died.

"Lest We Forget"

Source: MA
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