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Warren Goddard : 19-July-2011
Warren Goddard : 19-July-2011
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Plaque unveiled at the crash site commemorates Flying Officer Warren Goddard who lost his life in 1966. 

On 16 August 1966, an RAAF F-86 Sabre crashed into the inner city suburb of The Junction. The pilot, Flying Officer Warren William Goddard, experienced engine troubles and unsuccessfully tried to get the plane over the Pacific Ocean. Pilot Officer Goddard was hurled 300ft to his death after his Sabre exploded over The Junction. The aircraft was taking part in a night training exercise when Goddard experienced difficulties after entering cloud at 7500 feet. After emerging from the cloud the aircraft was seen to be diving at a low altitude. Firemen and RAAF personnel found the body of Pilot Officer Goddard in a Glebe Rd house which had been empty at the time of the disaster. Three people were taken to hospital, two with shock and one with a chest injury received when hit by wreckage.

The Junction is a highly populated suburb of Newcastle and most of the plane wreckage landed in the shopping area of the suburb.


Address:Glebe Road & Union Street, The Junction Shopping Centre, The Junction, 2291
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.938677
Long: 151.758355
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 16th August, 2007
Front Inscription

This plaque is dedicated to
     RAAF Pilot Officer
Warren William Goddard
who lost his life when the Sabre jet fighter he
piloted crashed at The Junction,
    6pm 16 August 1966.

Pilot Officer Goddard, age 20, manouvered the
jet away from homes to prevent further loss of life.
This area represents the main crash site.

This plaque was dedicated by
The Lord Mayor of Newcastle
      John S. Tate
Flt. Lt. Sydney Goddard (ret)
on Thursday 16 August 2007


Source: MA
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