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The plaque commemorates the site of the crash of the Royal Australian Air Force Catalina flying boat, A24-381 in 1948. 

Flight Lieutenant Smith was the captain of Catalina A24-381 which crashed at Lord Howe Island on the evening of 28 September 1948, taking the lives of seven of her nine crew members, including that of Flight Lieutenant Smith.


Address:Neds Beach Road, Malabar Hill, Lord Howe Island, 2898
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.517276
Long: 159.061455
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:28-September-1948
Actual Event End Date:28-September-1948


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:February-1979
Front Inscription

On 28th September, 1948 a R.A.A.F Catalina Flying Boat A24-381 from No 11 Squadron crashed on this spot after dark.

Seven of the crew of nine men were killed.

Those killed were  

Flt. Lt. M. D. Smith 403541 (Captain)
Flt. Lt. J. B. McCoy 439317
Flt. Lt. W. D. Keller 1636
Flt. Lt. A. McKenzie  38188
W. Off. S. H. Bacon  32007
W. Off.  D. E. Salis  3982
Plt. III S. L. Piercey  415876

The survivors were

Flt. Lt. B. R. Bradley 414301
W. Off.  J. D. Lea  442553

This plaque was set in position to commemorate this tragic crash

February 1979


Source: MA
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