Beaufighter and Boston Squadrons Memorial

Location of Beaufighter and Boston Squadrons Memorial

Amberley R.A.A.F. Base, Cunningham Highway, 7km south-west of Ipswich
Amberley QLD 4306

Bronze Memorial plaque set into the front of a sandstone plinth. The Beaufighter and Boston Association of Queensland memorial was dedicated in February 1996 to the memory of those who served and those who died on active service during the 1939-45 war. The memorial specifically honours the 22, 30 and 31st Squadrons during the war.

Inscription

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

On Thursday 12 September 1996 two restored Boston bombers, Jessica and Hell'N'Pelican, were unveiled at Amberley RAAF Base following extensive research and exacting work by a restoration team, including Sgt Ted Barnard. The sole RAAF Victoria Cross winner of the Pacific War, pilot Flt Lieut William Ellis Newton, age 23, was beheaded by the Japanese after his Boston bomber was shot down in March 1943. He had completed 52 raids at low level through intense anti-aircraft fire in New Guinea.

On Saturday 26 October 1996 a memorial plaque honouring all servicemen who flew in this aircraft was dedicated in the Crypt, Anzac Square, Brisbane, by the President of the Beaufighter and Boston Association of Queensland.

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor
Date recorded
19 March 2009

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