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27-September-2017 (Tom Bird)
27-September-2017 (Tom Bird)

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The monument commemorates 50th Anniversary of the Avro Anson Aircraft Collision in 1940. The monument was unveiled at the landing site. 

On 29 September 1940, a mid-air collision occured with two Avro Anson aircraft of No. 2 Service Flying Training School of the Royal Australian Air Force remained locked together after colliding, and then landed safely. The collision stopped the engines of the upper Anson, but those of the machine underneath continued to run, allowing the pair of aircraft to keep flying.

Both navigators and the pilot of the lower Anson bailed out. The pilot of the upper Anson found that he was able to control the interlocked aircraft and made an emergency landing in a nearby paddock.

All four crewmen survived the incident, and the upper Anson was repaired and returned to flight service.

Note: Part of the aircraft is located in Blacksmith Park, Brocklesby. 




Address:Howlong - Goombargana Road, Landing Site, Brocklesby, 2642
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.853551
Long: 146.635852
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:29-September-1940
Actual Event End Date:29-September-1940
Designer:Mr T. Greenfield (Albury, NSW)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 29th September, 1990
Front Inscription

200 metres beyond this point, L. A. C. Leonard Graham Fuller successfully crash landed the two Avro Anson aircraft that locked together after a mid-air collision over Brocklesby on 29. 9. 1940.

The three other airmen who parachuted to safety were L. A. C. John I. Hewson, L. A. C. Ian M. Sinclair, and L. A. C. Hugh G. Fraser.

This plaque was unveiled on 29. 9. 1990, marking the 50th anniversary of the event by Mr. Tim Fischer, Federal Member for Farrer and Leader of the National Party 

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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