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A monument commemorates the the QANTAS Catalina service of World War Two.

During World War Two vital refuelling bases were lost on the `Empire Route` from Australia to England via Singapore. To keep communications open, for two years commencing on 29 June 1943, Qantas Empire Airways operated the world`s longest regular non-stop service - Perth to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) - a distance of 3,153 miles (5,632 kilometres). The initial services were operated by Catalina Flying Boats, which flew into and out of Perth from this point on the Swan River. Known as the `flight of the double sunrise`, these missions were flown in complete radio silence and without any radio navigation aids.


Address:Hackett Drive & The Avenue, J. H. Abrahams Park, Crawley, 6009
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.986944
Long: 115.819167
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:29-June-1943


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:June-1983
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During World War II Vital Refuelling Bases Were Lost On The `Empire Route` From Australia To England Via Singapore.

To Keep Communications Open, For Two Years Commencing On 29 June 1943, Qantas Empire Airways Operated The World`s Longest Regular Non-Stop Service - Perth To Ceylon (Sri Lanka) - A Distance Of 3,153 Miles (5,632 kilometres).

The Initial Services Were Operated By Catalina Flying Boats, Which Flew Into And Out Of Perth From This Point On The Swan River.  Known As The `Flight Of The Double Sunrise`, These Missions Were Flown In Complete Radio Silence And Without Any Radio Navigation Aids.

The Story Of The Indian Ocean Services Is One Of Triumph Over Adversity, And The Highest Standards Of Aviation Endeavour.

Source: MA
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