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The plaque commemorates the airmen who were killed when an Avro Anson crashed near Reedy Creek during a World War Two training mission. 

On August 11, 1942 at 2.30pm, Avro Anson AW678 of 2 Air Observer School based in Mount Gambier, was on a routine training mission in the Reedy Creek area when it crashed due to reasons unknown.

The aircraft was totally wrecked and immediately caught fire. The five airmen on board the aircraft were killed in the tragedy, which was the third to occur involving an aircraft from 2 Air Observer School.

Location

Address:Princes Highway, Reedy Creek , 5531
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.922589
Long: 140.008194
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event Start Date:11-August-1942
Actual Event End Date:11-August-1942

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2007
Front Inscription

Erected to the memory of the crew of RAAF Anson AW678 wWhich accidentally crashed at Reedy Creek on 11th August 1942

The five airmen killed were

23964 Sgt. William Nathaniel Higham Flemming
Aged 20 of Alderny, Qld

405197 Sgt. John Edward Moorhouse
Aged 27 of Bundaberg, Qld

410476 Lac. Charles Thomas Fletcher
Aged 28 of Warburton, Vic

410473 Lac. William Ross Bremner Fenton
Aged 20 of Mitcham, Vic

416804 Sgt. Malcolm Albert Thiele
Aged 20 of Mt Torrens, SA

This was the third fatal aircraft accident involving an aircraft from 2 AOS

Source: MA
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