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19-March-2021 (Stephen Warren)
19-March-2021 (Stephen Warren)

Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders / Stephen Warren
The memorial commemorates the crew of the Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) Avro Anson AW 849 which crashed after from returning from a mission searching for an enemy submarine in October 1942.


Address:Railway Terrace East, Tantanoola, 5280
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.696685
Long: 140.455738
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:14-October-1942
Actual Event End Date:14-October-1942


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:May-2009
Front Inscription

Erected in memory of the crew of RAAF Anson AW 849 which crashed 5 miles west of Tantanoola on 14 October 1942

The one airman killed was.  
411417 PO Baxter Watson
Aged 27, Sydney NSW

The two airmen who escaped by parachute were 
408014 Sgt Richard L. Ayers
Aged 33 of Narung SA

416243 Sgt John H. Carrol
Aged 21 of Adelaide SA

The aircraft was returning from a sea search operation authorised by A.O.R. whereby an intensive search was being carried out following a report from this unit of an enemy submarine.  The crew at the time were attached to RAAF Station Laverton.

The cause of the crash was due to errors in navigation resulting in exhaustion of fuel.

Source: MA
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