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The Northern Territory Republican Movement installed a plaque and a small enclosure on the sixtieth anniversary of the crash of "Nothing Sacred".

The wreckage of the Ünited States Army Air Force (U.S.A.A.F.) B24D "Nothing Sacred" is one of over 100 sites in the Northern Territory illustrating the tragedy and loss of life typical of World War Two. The site represents the military alliance with the United States and underscores the sacrifices made by US servicemen in the defence of Australia. The remains of the wreck of the “Nothing Sacred” B-24D Liberator are significant as a tangible reminder of the air war conducted against the Japanese during World War Two from Australia. It is also a tangible link to the association the 380th Bomb Group had in Australia and the specific role that it played in the war.

The B-24 Liberator #42-40509 (D-65-CO), "Nothing Sacred", of the 529 Bomb Squadron, 380th Bomb Group, 5th Air Force, crashed into Sugar Loaf Hill, 3 miles from Fenton airfield in the Northern Territory south east of Darwin on 21 September 1943 when approaching for a landing at night time. The aircraft was flown by the Parris crew from the 530th Bomb Squadron. The crew of ten were all killed. The only survivor was an extra passenger, a photographer.

Note : As at 27 July 2014, this site is now closed to public access.   It is on private land, and is used for cattle grazing. However, a few years ago some campers decided to spend the night at the airfield and their campfire got out of hand, leading to the death of several animals.  Hence, all of the external signage has been taken down, and the former access road is now gated and padlocked. 

Location

Address:Via Douglas Hot Springs Road, Site of crash near Fenton Airfield, Hayes Creek, 0822
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -13.636352
Long: 131.30594
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 21st September, 2003
Front Inscription

Plaque:
Greater Love Hath No Man
Than This, That A Man 
Lay Down His Life
For His Friends 

Dedicated To The Crew Of 'Nothing Sacred' 
B-24 Liberator 42-40509

      [Names]
      'A'  Flight
529 Bomb Sqn- 380th Bomb Group - 5th Air Force
       USAAF
To Those Who Gave Their Lives 
For Our Freedom And Liberty 
21st September 1943

S/Sgt Survived The Crash At
This Site On Their Return To Fenton Airfield

Erected On The 60th Anniversary Of Their Sacrifice
With Deepest Respect For Our Friends,
By The N.T. Republican Movement.

 

 

Source: MA
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