MEMORIAL DEDICATION
IN TOWNSVILLE 14 AUGUST 2005
TO REMEMBER THE TRAGIC CRASH OF
RAAF CATALINA A24-52
IN CLEVELAND BAY, OFF THE STRAND,
TOWNSVILLE, QLD
ON 7 SEPTEMBER 1943

 

Crash of Catalina A24-52 off The Strand,
Townsville on 7 September 1943

 

Photos supplied by Babette Smith

qld190-32.jpg (245588 bytes) Eileen Ponsford, David Angus, May Gerber (nee Pepperday) - waiting for the VP-60 March to start in Townsville
qld190-33.jpg (265562 bytes) (L-R) May Gerber (nee Pepperday) with Penny Doherty (daughter of Wing Commander Stephens) waiting to march
qld190-34.jpg (132673 bytes) RAAF Guard at the Memorial dedication
qld190-35.jpg (123193 bytes) RAAF Guard at the Memorial dedication
qld190-36.jpg (148326 bytes) Chris Stephens, Penny Doherty, Babette Smith, Jim Hockey, Eileen Ponsford, Prudy Drewe (niece of American pilot of the C-47 crash) and Bob Down (Salvation Army chaplain who conducted service at the crash site)
qld190-37.jpg (129709 bytes) Babette Smith and Chris Stephens
qld190-38.jpg (168992 bytes) Don Shearman reading a letter from Air Commodore Cobby.

 

qld190-39.jpg (138512 bytes) Babette Smith and Jim Hockey read names of those on board as roses are thrown into the water for each man.
qld190-40.jpg (122141 bytes) Robert Macfarlan and Memorial 
qld190-41.jpg (137618 bytes) Babette Smith and Robert Macfarlan and Memorial
qld190-42.jpg (147728 bytes) Chris Stephens and his family members, with Les Fowler at the far left.
qld190-43.jpg (161633 bytes) Some of the relatives of crew members who attended the ceremony with Air Commodore Stewart Cameron at far left and Warrant Officer Darren Dolan at far right.
qld190-44.jpg (178176 bytes) The Memorial on The Strand
qld190-45.jpg (232871 bytes) Macfarlan family (Babette Smith, Robert Macfarlan (Babette's brother), Robert's wife Nicole and son Lachlan) thanking Cobby's grandson Rob Steinberg (2nd from left) as proxy for A.H. Cobby who saved their father's life
qld190-46.jpg (189935 bytes) L-R Jim Hockey (son of G.J. Hockey), Marie (in blue wife of Neville), Jennie Pomponio (formerly Hockey and daughter of G.J. Hockey) and Neville Hockey (brother of G. J. Hockey) waiting to march.

 

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This page first produced 17 August 2005

This page last updated 30 August 2015