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The park commemorates Leonard Victor Waters (1924-1993) who was the first and only aboriginal pilot of World War Two.

Leonard Victor Waters was born at Euraba Mission near Boomi on June 20, 1924. He later moved to "Old Toomelah" with his family and then again to Nindigully in Queensland. When World War Two broke out he felt his destiny lay with the Airforce and joined the RAAF one day before the Battle of the Coral Sea on August 24, 1942. Upon joining he worked as ground staff then trained as a flight mechanic and was able to strip and reassemble Kittyhawk Fighter engines.

Later a shortage of pilots required the Royal Australian Air Force to call for more airmen, and in December 1943 Leonard volunteered for aircrew, was selected and commenced training in Victoria. He studied with 148 other students (48 were accepted as pilots. Leonard came 4th overall).

Flight Sergeant Leonard Waters was posted to 78th Fighter Squadron at Noemffer Island Western New Guinea, in November 1944 and he was the only Aboriginal pilot to fly in World War Two. He flew a Kittyhawk Fighter, with "Black Magic" painted on the nose of the plane.

Location

Address:117 Merriwa Street, Boggabilla, 2409
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.602901
Long: 150.360296
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Indigenous
Actual Event Start Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945
Link:http://www.warmemorialsregister.nsw…

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 24th October, 1996
Front Inscription

 

 

Left Side Inscription

LEONARD VICTOR WATERS
        "BLACK MAGIC"
With "Black Magic" Painted On The Fuselage
Of His Kitty Hawk, He Logged More Than 103
Hours Of Combat Flying And Earned The 
1939-45 Star, Pacific Star War Medal 1939 - 1945, 
Australian Service Medal And Returned 
From Active Service Badge

20-06-1924 - 24-08-1993
Buried - St George Qld

Right Side Inscription

LEONARD VICTOR WATERS
MEMORIAL PARK

This Park Was Named In Recognition Of 
Leonard Victor Waters Being The
First And Only Aboriginal Fighter Pilot
In World War II

Officially Opened On
Thursday, 24 October, 1996

              By 
Councillor M. A. Montgomery
Mayor : Moree Plains Shire Council

Source: MA, NRWM, ADB
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