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The plaque commemorates the crew of the Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) Lockheed Hudson A16-173 which crashed on returning from investigation of a submarine sighting in World War Two.

On the 4th November 1942, the Hudson got off course when returning from a routine anti-submarine patrol along the coast. In darkness, rain, and low cloud it flew into the terrain near the Avon Colliery at Dapto.  All 4 crew members were killed instantly. 


Address:Station Street, Buckleys Walk, Dapto Railway Station, Dapto, 2530
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.493056
Long: 150.792222
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-November-1943
Actual Event End Date:04-November-1942


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:April-2004
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This plaque commemorates RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-173 of 32 Squadron Camden NSW

Returning from investigating the report of an enemy submarine struck Bong Bong Mountain killing the crew of four Wednesday November 4, 1942 At 2116 hours

Sgt Norman Baxter (Nobby) Clark 406712
Aged 21, engaged, of Subiaco WA  Pilot

F/Sgt Bernard James (Bluey) Hubbard 401037
Aged 26, married, 3 children, of Hampton VIC  Observer / Navigator

Sgt Geoffrey Alfred Rich  412187
Aged 25, married, of Rockdale NSW  Wireless Operator / Gunner

Sgt Joseph Hall Iredell 408580
Aged 26, married, 1 child of Cavendish, VIC  Wireless Operator / Gunner

Source: MA
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