Ceduna RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-144 Crash Site Memorial

Details

Location Eyre Highway, Ceduna, South Australia, Australia
Type raaf_accident_site
Description

On private land approximately 1600 metres north of the Ceduna Airport and 100 metres west of the railway line access road.

The memorial is the crash site of RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-144 of 14 Squadron that was one of four on a transit flight from Vic. to Perth WA to have their dorsal turrets fitted before joining an operational Squadron. It was stated that the aircraft appeared to suffer engine failure during take-off. Six members of the crew died instantly, four are buried in the Ceduna Cemetery, one in Adelaide and the other in Ballarat Vic. A brass hand made plaque is affixed at the top of a post, at the base of the post is a part of the aircraft engine. At the western boundary fence is another white painted metal plaque with details in black. This memorial is linked with CedunaM4 memori

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Inscription

White painted plaque:

AUST

RAAF

HISTORIC

CRASH-SITE

LOCKHEED

HUDSON

A16-144

17-1-42

6-KIA

Brass plaque:

CRASH SITE LOCKHEED HUDSON A16-144 ON 17-1-42

KILLED IN SERVICE TO COUNTRY WERE              RAAF

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Stories

Six killed in Air Crash Service - plane bursts into flames in taking off.

Impressive Funeral of RAAF Men

In taking off at a South Australian aerodrome last Saturday a service plane crashed and burst into flames, incinerating the six occupants. Death was believed to have been instantaneous, as the airmen were still in their seats when the flames subsided. The plane had just refueled and was resuming its journey.

It rose from the ground, traveled about half a mile and then suddenly shot up in the air, turned to one side and nosedived to the ground. It landed, bumped on about 50 yards crashed again, and then burst into flames. The occupants were:- Squadron Leader Gordon Laming, 29, married, of Melbourne, Victoria. Flight Lieutenant David Burton Bradley, 24, single, of Sydney, New South Wales. Sergeant Frederick Archibald Walker, wireless operator air gunner, 23, married, who enlisted at Adelaide and whose next of kin resides in New South Wales. Sergeant Ronald Dow, airman pilot, 26, married, of Queen’s Park Western Australia. Sergeant Robert William Westcott, wireless operator air gunner, 26, single of Ballarat, Victoria. Corporal William Clyde Lindsay, wireless operator, ground, 30, single, of Yuelba, Queensland. Sergeant Walker enlisted in the Air Force towards the end of 1940, and was posted to Somers initial training school, a wireless air gunners’ school, a bombing and gunnery school and subsequently to an operational squadron. Before enlistment in the air force he was an electrician. He was educated at Unley High School and the Marconi School of Wireless. Flight Lieutenant Bradley, before enlistment in the airforce in July 1937, was a clerk. He had been on active operational duty since the middle of 1938. He was educated at the Sydney Technical High School. The heat from the blaze was so intense that no one could approach it for nearly a half an hour. When the bodies could be retrieved they were burnt beyond recognition. Identification discs gave the clue to their names. An enquiry was immediately held by the RAAF Enquiry Board, but no statement was issued. The neighbouring township and districts were cast over with gloom at the tragedy, which was the most terrible in their history. Four of the boys were buried locally. They were William Lindsay, Ronald Dow, David Bradley and Gordon Laming. The remaining two were removed to their home towns at the request of relatives. A large crowd attended the funeral service, which was conducted impressively by local clergy on Monday afternoon. The cortege was followed by nine members of the RAAF and members of the local RSS & AILA and Home Guard. Six members of the RAAF acted as pallbearers. Although there was little time there were many floral tributes. Among public bodies which laid tokens at the graveside were the RAAF, the Red Cross, the FFCF, the Cheer up club, the RSS & AILA, the local district council, the VSD, and the Home Guard, and there were many forthcoming from private sympathisers.

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LAMING, Gordon Stanley

Service number 84
Squadron Leader
RAAF Pearce
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 4 May 1913

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