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Catalina A24-25 memorial plaque on the Cairns Esplanade in Cairns

Royal Australian Air Force
Catalina A24-25
Tragically Lost on 28 February 1943

In memory of the crew of Number 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25
They gave their lives on 28 February 1943 when their aircraft crashed 30 nautical miles south east of this point near the Franklin Islands, following a 17 hour anti submarine escort mission to a convoy in the Coral Sea bound for Milne Bay.

Wing Commander John William Daniell, 140, Age 26
Squadron Leader Eric Hamilton Barkley, 250281, Age 27
Flying Officer Lewis Melvin Dunham, 406672, Age 32
Flying Officer Stuart Patrick King, 255266, Age 36
Sergeant Norman Notley Moore, 408861, Age 27
Sergeant Keith Arnold Watson, 22692, Age 23
Sergeant John Daniel O'Grady, 5778, Age 36
Sergeant Allen Richard Eather, 402703, Age 21
Sergeant Alexander Eric John Elsbury, 415378, Age 22
Corporal Douglas Giffen Shaw Russell, 13970, Age 21
Corporal John Corbett Stain, 2437, Age 32

Their sacrifice, our freedom the sea is their grave
Lest we forget

Credit: Australian Department of Defence Date: February 28, 2016

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