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12-February-2015 (Russell Byers)
12-February-2015 (Russell Byers)

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The memorial plaque commemorates Flight Lieutenant Jeremy McNess and Flight Lieutenant Mark Cairns-Cowan who were killed when their F-111 aircraft crashed in 1993 while doing a simulated bombing raid on Guyra. A plaque was also dedicated at the crash site on the 17th May 2000.  No wreckage remains on site.

The F-111C fighter plane crashed while on a routine navigation exercise from Amberley base at Ipswich Qld on September 13, 1993. It crashed onto a property 4km north-west of Guyra on the Tingha Road, with wreckage spread over a half square kilometre. Witnesses said the plane had caught fire in the air before exploding ‘like a fire cracker’ and falling to earth at around 7.15pm. It appeared to have been following the usual flight pattern, circling near the abattoirs. Radio contact with the plane was lost at about 7pm. 




Address:158 Bradley Street, Guyra Shire Council, Guyra, 2365
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.221359
Long: 151.671427
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:13-September-1993
Actual Event End Date:13-September-1993


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 16th May, 2000
Front Inscription

In Memory And Honour Of 
Flt Lt Jeremy McNess And Flt Lt Mark Cairns-Cowan
Who Were Tragically Killed On 13th September 1993
When Their F-111 Aircraft Crashed Into A Field 4km West Of Guyra

Their Families And Friends, The RAAF And The Guyra Community Will Never Forget Them

Australia Is Fortunate To Have Such Fine Young Men
Serving Their Nation

Their Names Will Live Forever

Air Marshal E. J. McCormack Chief of Air Force
Mr S. R. St Clair MP Member For New England
The Hon. B. C. Scott MP  Minister For Veterans Affairs 
Minister Assisting The Minister Of Defence
Cr. H. N. Sanderson Mayor, Guyra Shire Council


Source: MA
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