Canal Creek War Memorial WWII
The memorial consists of a basic building which contains a sandstone plinth, bronze plaque, interpretive signage, photographs and an Honour Roll to commemorate all personnel on board the DouglasDakota C-47 aircraft that crashed nearby on 19 December 1943 during WWII.
On the inside walls hang panels that explain the significance of the site, including photographs of the type of aircraft that crashed, the pilot, aircraft wreckage at crash site and pictures of salvaged aircraft wreckage pieces that are held at Yeppoon RSL and Rockhampton Military Museum. A concrete table and seating stand in front of the plinth and either side of the building stands a flag pole.
As of 2012, the crash remains the second worst air disaster in Australia's history with all 31 individuals on board perishing.
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE UNITED STATES AND AUSTRALIAN
ARMED SERVICES AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL
WHO DIED IN THE AIR CRASH OF A
DOUGLAS DAKOTA C-47 AT THIS
LOCATION ON 'CANAL CREEK'
PROPERTY 19TH DECEMBER 1943
US Armed Service Personnel
[10 NAMES] [10 NAMES]
Australian Defence Personnel
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- Additional information
The Canal Creek War Memorial was constructed in 2012 and dedicated on Saturday 16 June 2012.
The Memorial was a project driven by the local Capricorn Coast Business Community Group, andjointly funded by Rockhampton Regional Council the federal Department of Veteran Affairs and the Queensland Government through the Community Memorials Restoration Program.
The Memorial is located on Forestry Plantations Queensland land, and will provide a lastingmarker of the site and preserve its history into the future.
- Recorded by
- John Millroy, Capricorn Coast Business Community Group; Qld War Memorial Register
- Date recorded
- 7 June 2012
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