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The plaque was ereceted in memory of Second-Lieutenant Sol S. Scherr, a pilot with the United States Army Air Force who lost his life in Chermside in 1943 during World War Two.

On November 15, 1943 in the late afternoon, Sol S Scherr was piloting what was most likely a P-47 Thunderbolt during a test flight near Brisbane, Australia. Eye witnesses knew the plane was in trouble because it was a lot lower than usual with one wheel retracted, one extended and the motor was backfiring. He crashed and burned at Sparkes Paddock in Chermside on the outskirts of Brisbane.

It was only his third day being stationed at Camp Ascot, Eagle Farm as a test pilot. This was a major US Air Base during the war.



Address:Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside Historical Precinct, Chermside, 4032
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.382376
Long: 153.035578
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:13-November-1943
Actual Event End Date:13-November-1943


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-2009
Front Inscription

Dedicated to the memory of 
(25.10.1921 - 13.11.1943)

Test pilot, 2nd lieutenant, 317th D. R. Squadron,
5th Air Force, United
States Army Air Force,
who paid the supreme sacrifice in this vicinIty
in the defence of Australia

Lest We Forget
                       November, 2009

A project of the Kedron-Wavell Sub Branch RSL and Chermside & Districts Historical Society Inc.

Source: MA
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