New me­mo­rial for WWII plane crash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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