Leyburn War Memorial

Location of Leyburn War Memorial

Liberator Park,Macalister Street (cnr Toowoomba-Karara Road)66km south-west of Toowoomba
Leyburn QLD 4365

RAAF 200 Liberator Special Duties Flight/Z Force. Combination stone and propellor memorial, unveiled by then Qld Governor, Sir Walter Campbell, a Liberator pilot, whose brother was killed in a Z Force raid on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour. Comet propeller was added later when anticipated Liberator propeller was not available.

Inscription

R.A.A.F.

200 LIBERATOR SPECIAL DUTIES FLIGHT

Z SPECIAL UNIT

SERVICES RECONNAISSANCE DEPARTMENT

LEYBURN 1945

THIS STONE STANDS IN MEMORY, A SYMBOL OF THE STRENGTH,

COHESION AND ENDURANCE OF ALL WHO FACED THE RIGOURS AND

SOLITUTUSE OF SERVICE HERE. FOR SOME, THE GLAD ADVENTURE,

ITS JOY, ITS PERIL, PERHAPS AN UNKNOWN END. FOR MOST, LONG

UNREWARDING TOIL AND OFTEN GRIED FOR THOSE WHOSE AIMS

THEY SERVED. AJOINED THEIR SEVERAL STRENGTHS AND DIVERS

SKILLS IN A DRIVING EFFORT FOR THE COMMON CAUSE.

UNVEILED BY

HIS EXCELLENCY SIR WALTER CAMPBELL Q.C.

GOVERNOR OF QUEENSLAND

26th APRIL 1987


IN PARTICULAR WE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING

R.A.A.F. AIRCREWS AND THE UNDERCOVER

GROUND OPERATORS OF "Z" SPECIAL UNIT.

SERVICES RECONNAISSANCE DEPARTMENT

WHO DEPARTED LEYBURN AND GAVE THEIR LIVES

IN BORNEO AND TIMOR

R.A.A.F.

[11 NAMES] [10 NAMES] [11 NAMES]

"Z" SPECIAL UNIT

[5 NAMES] [4 NAMES] [5 NAMES]

(refer to photographs for list of names)


THIS WAS ONLY A LITTLE UNIT, THAT WAS
THROWN INTO THE FIGHT.

AN UNOBTRUSIVE NAME THEY GAVE US
WE WERE CALLED 200 FLIGHT.

YES, LITTLE IN NUMBER, BUT BIG IN HEART
WERE THE MEMBERS OF THIS MOB,
AND EVERY MAN IN EVERY TRADE DID A
FINE AND NOBLE JOB.

Conflicts commemorated
  • Second World War, 1939–1945
  • Unit memorials
Memorial type
Stone/cairn/plinth
Additional information

During 1945, secrecy surrounded the RAAF 200 Liberator Special Duties Flight and Z Services Reconnaissance Department operating out of Leyburn aerodrome and dropping commandos behind enemy lines in Borneo.

In September 1949 the first Australian Grand Prix was held at the former Leyburn airstrip, now farms.

Recorded by
Shirley and Trevor McIvor
Date recorded
17 March 2009

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