New memorial for WWII plane crash
MACHANS Beach war buffs are hoping Cairns Airport will donate a shrub covered propeller for a memorial to a plane crash near the suburb during World War II.
Eleven defence personnel were killed when the RAAF Hudson, A16-118 (VMZI-FM), went down during a cyclone just north of the mouth of the Barron River on March 5, 1945.
“It was brought up that there was a plane crash off Machans Beach in 1945 and the plan’s just been sky rocketing from there,” said Bob Birkbeck, who is one of the men leading the project.
“There is a memorial at Trinity Beach, but that doesn’t represent the area where it crashed. It would bring the memory to life.”
An old propeller lying idle on airport property had been identified.A Cairns Regional Council spokeswoman said the organisation was working on memorial designs and would take them to the community for consultation once finished.