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Bicentennial Park
LinkLocated off Esplanade between Peel Street and Daly Street
Darwin, Australia

This museum includes a collection of tanks, guns and relics.

USS Peary Memorial/ 4" Naval Gun
Memorial includes a single 4"/50 caliber naval gun recovered from USS Peary DD-226 with two memorial plaques

2nd Lt. Robert J. Buel Memorial
Memorial to P-40E Warhawk pilot shot down February 15, 1942 erected May 1992

2ND LT. ROBERT J BUEL, USAAF,
WWII FIGHTER PILOT
21ST PURSUIT SQ., 35TH PURSUIT GRP.
SHOT DOWN FEB. 15, 1942

On Feb. 15, 1942, the P-40E Kittyhawk fighter of 2nd Lt. Buel was one of only two planes that were available for
the defense of Northern Australia. On this date, both aircraft were sent to defend an allied convoy under
Japanese attack, but only Buel caught up with the fleet. Before he was shot down and plunged to his death,
2nd Lt. Buel -- alone -- downed a Japanese bomber and cleared safe passage for the allied ships. His self-sacrifice and
valor became an inspiration to all who learned of it. With grateful appreciation the American Legion remembers USAAF 2nd Lt. Robert J. Buel. ERECTED ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN LEGION BY DOMINIC D. DIFRANCESCO NATIONAL COMMANDER MAY 1992

Ref
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert J. Buel
date of death listed as February 14, 1942
FindAGrave - 2Lt Robert J Buel (tablets of the missing photo) date of death listed as April 14, 1942 [sic]

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