The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - TIME OUT - MYLES SIN­NA­MON

On the af­ter­noon of July 5, 1948, a long mil­i­tary fu­neral pro­ces­sion wound its way through Bund­aberg streets. Fol­low­ing a ser­vice at the Christ Church of Eng­land, the cas­kets were car­ried by ex-ser­vice­men pall­bear­ers and placed on two wait­ing trucks. The cortège was led by the Mu­nic­i­pal Band and the Cale­do­nian Pipe Band as the pall­bear­ers marched be­side the trucks ( pic­tured ). Heavy rain did not dis­cour­age Bund­aberg res­i­dents from pay­ing their last re­spects as the cortège passed and when the pro­ces­sion reached the War Ceme­tery, a fir­ing party gave a three-vol­ley salute and a bu­gler played the Last Post and Reveille.

The fu­neral was for 13 ser­vice­men who had been miss­ing for nearly five years. On Novem­ber 21, 1943, a US Army trans­port plane bound for Bris­bane with 13 ser­vice­men (seven Aus­tralians and six Amer­i­cans) aboard dis­ap­peared af­ter tak­ing off from Rock­hamp­ton. The mys­tery was solved on June 22, 1948 by Fred Smith and his fa­ther-in-law Norm Mar­shall of Mag­pie Sta­tion at Yar­rol. On that day the men were dip­ping cat­tle in a re­mote area of the 2630ha property. Dis­cov­er­ing some of the cat­tle miss­ing, Smith rode his horse to the edge of a gully in search of them, but found the wreck­age of the miss­ing plane in­stead. The po­lice, and later the RAAF, were con­tacted and trav­elled to the scene to in­ves­ti­gate.

The Bund­aberg News-Mail re­ported the “plane lay nose down the side of a gully”. De­bris was scat­tered over a large area with hu­man re­mains found in and around the wreck­age. For Mar­shall, owner of Mag­pie Sta­tion for 19 years, this was the first time he had ever vis­ited that spe­cific area of the property.

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