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01-July-2014
01-July-2014

Photographs supplied by Ian Bevege

A wooden scultpure of an airman commemorates the Allied aircrew, ground support and ancillary staff of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) who operated from the Moruya Airfield during World War Two. 

The sculpture is carved from life and is of Captain Gus Winckel, one of the Netherlands East Indies Air Force pilots who flew out of Moruya although his main base was Canberra.  He moved to New Zealand after the end of World War Two and came back to Moruya to enable the statue to be carved and attend the dedication.

The Air Raid Tavern was evidently the favourite recreation place of RAAF and NEIAF personnel during the war.

Location

Address:73 Vulcan Street, Air Raid Tavern Centre, Moruya, 2537
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.911064
Long: 150.080555
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Artist:Bryan Carrick

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 9th June, 2009
Front Inscription

Rotary International

The Airman

This statue of a World War II airman was commissioned by Moruya Rotary Club to commemorate and acknowledge the service of alled aircrew, ground support and ancillary staff, who operated from Moruya Airfiled during the war years.

These tasks were anti-submarine warfare, reconnaissance, coastal shipping protection and rescue.  Along this section of coast many ships and personnel were lost at sea from submarine attack.

The aircrew were drawn from Australian, British and Dutch Air Forces. Three composite Australian - Netherlands East Indies squadrons operated from Moruya. 

The carving was created by artist Bryan Carrick, whose other works are a prominent feature of Moruya Township.

This statue was unveiled on Saturday 6th June 2009 by the Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, Federal Member of Parliament for Eden - Monaro

Michael Gold, President, Rotary Club of Moruya 2008 - 2009

Plaque :

This statue is modelled on and is a tribute to a dedicated airman Captain Gus Winckel BL DSO DFC Netherlands East Indies Air Force

Moruya Airfield OBL
1941 - 1945

 

 

Source: MA
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