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Hudson Bomber Crash Memorial : 25-April-2011
Hudson Bomber Crash Memorial : 25-April-2011

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The monument commemorates the crew of Hudson Bomber which crashed in May 1942.

Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) Lockheed Hudson bomber Mark IIIA, A16-191 BW677 collided with Hudson A16-194 BW680, and crashed into thick mangroves at Barramundi Creek near Giru on 24th May 1942 all four crewmen were killed. Both aircraft were from 32 Squadron R.A.A.F.


Address:Carey Street, Lions Brolga Park, Giru, 4809
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.514872
Long: 147.104633
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:24-May-1942
Actual Event End Date:24-May-1942


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 24th May, 2003
Front Inscription

In memory of the crew of Hudson Bomber A16 191 of 32 Squadron which crashed at Barramundi Creek near Giru on the 24th May 1942.

The four died instantly on impact, their bodies never recovered.  

Erected by the Lions Club of Giru 

This memorial was dedicated on the 24th May 2003 the 61st Anniversary of the event.

Sgt. Cooper, Maurice Wilfred Pilot
Born 18th July 1921 Exeter, SA. Died 24th May 1942

Sgt. Gillam, Herbert Thomas S/Pilot
Born 7th June 1914, Yarram, VIC. Died 24th May 1942

Sgt. Herman, James Alexander WAG
Born 6th Aug 1913, Adelaide SA. Died 24th May 1942

P/Off Jewell, John Leslie Manton A/G
Born 25th Jan 1917, Fremantle, WA. Died 24th May 1942


Source: MA,SKP, QWMR
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au