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2005-12-03-10-42-07

Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

Dedicated on ANZAC Day in 2005, this War Memorial commenerates the military forces assigned to the Iron Range Airbase through World War Two. The various plaques commenrate different aspects of the service.
Plaque One – Dedicated to the 11 US Service Airmen that were tragically killed in the USAAF B24 Liberator, named “Bombs to Nippon” attached to the 400th Squadron 90th Bombardment Group that crashed during takeoff on the 16th November 1942 at the Gordon Airstrip, Iron Range.
Plaque Two – Dedicated to the 10 US Service Airmen that were tragically killed in the USAAF B24 Liberator, 400th Squadron, 90th Bombardment Group that crashed during takeoff on a bombing mission to Rabaul on the 26th December 1942 at the Gordon Airstrip, Iron Range, Qld Australia.
Plaque Three – Dedicated to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service personnel and residents of Lockhart River who served in World War II. These persons partook in the vital and strategic implementation of the Iron Range Airbase during World War II.
Plaque Four – Dedicated to all United States Army Air Force Bombardment Groups and other units based at the Iron Range Qld during World War II.
Plaque Five – Dedicated to all the Australian Military Forces and Civilian units based at the Iron Range Qld during World War II.
Formally Iron Range Airbase played a vital and strategic area for U.S. and Australian Military Forces during World War 2. Thousands of military defence personnel from various units attached to the Australian and American Defence Forces were based throughout the Iron Range and Portland Roads areas.
Iron Range Airbase was a military strategic post being used by heavy bombers attached to the United States Air Force to combat the ever increasing threat of a Japanese invasion from Northern Australia.

· Date: Tue March 21, 2006 · Reference ID: 1334/22005-12-03-10-42-07 · Views: 3231 ·
Keywords: World War Two Memorial at Iron Range Airport
Additional Categories: Iron Range Airport and War Memorial


 
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