Bakers Creek Air Crash Memorial

Location of Bakers Creek Air Crash Memorial

CnrCantor Drive and Ivers Street, Parallel to Bruce Highway,(8km south of Mackay)
Bakers Creek QLD 4740

Aircraft propeller supported between two brick columns. The columnsdisplay two plaques: Left: Crash and Memorial information; Right: Roll of Honour Battle of the Coral Sea tribute.

(Refer to additional information regarding the twin memorial to the air crash in the United States)

Inscription

Plaque - Crash and Memorial Information:

ON JUNE 14 1943, A VH-CBA B-17C AIRCRAFT OF THE
UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCE CRASHED SHORTLY
AFTER TAKE-OFF APPROXIMATELY 1KM NORTH OF
HERE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF BAKERS CREEK
NEAR THE SITE WHERE THE MEATWORKS NOW STANDS.

ON BOARD WERE FIVE CREW AND THIRTY-EIGHT
PASSENGERS WHO WERE RETURNING TO NEW GUINEA
AFTER COMPLETING "R AND R" IN MACKAY. THERE WAS
ONLY ONE SURVIVOR.

THE AIRCRAFT WAS OPERATED BY THE 46TH TROOP
CARRIER SQUADRON, OF THE 317TH TROOP CARRIER
GROUP WHICH FORMED PART OF THE 5TH AIR FORCE.

THE CRASH OF THE B-17C WAS THE WORST ACCIDENT
INVOLVING A TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT IN THE
SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC DURING WORLD WAR II.

THIS MEMORIAL WAS CONSTRUCTED BY THE
PEOPLE OF MACKAY DISTRICT IN HONOUR OF
THE FORTY-TWO UNITED STATES MILITARY
PERSONNEL WHO WERE KILLED AND THE ONE
SURVIVOR, AND WAS DEDICATED ON 11TH MAY 1992.

Plaque: Roll of Honour

PERSONNEL IN BOARD

CREW

[6 NAMES]

PASSENGERS

[17 NAMES] [17 NAMES]

SURVIVOR

[1 NAME]

Conflicts commemorated
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Unit memorials
Memorial type
Cenotaph/shrine
Additional information

On 5 June 2009, nearly 66 years after the tragic American plane crash in Australia, a second Bakers Creek Memorial was inserted in an area of lawn at Fort Myer, Virginia, USA. The Arlington National Cemetery was the backdrop.

A truck equipped with a crane and at least four men from Codori Memorials,gently lifted and guided the 1-ton Bakers Creek Memorial to its new home. Volunteers had been working toward the moment since 2003. It had previously resided at the Australian Embassy since 2006, because there was no location for the memorial.

The Pennsylvania company crafted the marker, and the citizens of Queensland, in the location of Bakers Creek, and the Australian government donated the pink granite base it sits on. In attendance were 23 family members from Georgia, New Hampshire, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, who converged on the monument. There was also a dedicated band of Australians whose honors for the American servicemen have included a memorial in their country.

(Source: Times Record News, USA)
(Images source: Scripps Howard News Service)

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor/Glen Hall, Mackay Historical Society/Trish Choate, Times Record News and Elida Perez, Scripps Howard News Service
Date recorded
23 February 2009

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