RAAF memorial attended

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RAAF memorial attended

Alonely parking bay on the Princes Highway between Millicent and Kingston has recently been visited by a contingent of Robe RSL members.

They paid their respects at a memorial to the crew of RAAF Avro Anson aircraft AW678 which crashed nearby during World War II on August 11, 1942.

Their visit was timed to occur 81 years to the day and hour of the crash.

A wreath was laid and the Ode of Remembrance recited as they paused to remember the five young RAAF personnel who lost their lives at Reedy Creek.

A memorial consisting of a metal plaque mounted on a slab of granite was erected in 2005.

The crew was involved in a training exercise from their RAAF Air Observers School base at the Mount Gambier Airport.

En route, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in Reedy Creek, some 19km southeast of Kingston.

The plane was destroyed by fire after hitting the ground.

All five crew members were killed and their names are recorded on the plaque.

The crew composed Sergeant William Nathaniel Higham Flemming, Sgt John Edward Moorhouse, Leading Aircraftsman Charles Thomas Fletcher, LAC William Ross Bremner Fenton, and Sgt Malcolm Albert Thiele.

No cause of the crash was ever determined.

The memorial is located near where the now-defunct Kingston/Naracoorte rail line had crossed the Princes Highway.

Another RAAF Avro Anson from Mount Gambier crash-landed at Tantanoola in 1942.

The pilot was killed but the two other crew members parachuted to safety.

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