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Date: 13 Aug 1940 [unknown]
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Ten Journeys to Cameron’s Farm - An Australian Tragedy -
Cameron Hazlehurst

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Aeroplane crash at Canberra on 13 August 1940

Those who died:

Geoffrey Austin Street, Minister for the Army and Minister for Repatriation
James Valentine Fairbairn, Minister for Air and Civil Aviation
Sir Henry Somer Gullett, Vice-president of the Executive Council,
General Sir Cyril Brudenell Bingham White, Chief of General Staff
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Thornthwaite, Staff Officer to General White
Richard Edwin Elford, Private Secretary to Mr Fairbairn

and the RAAF crew:

Flight Lieutenant Richard Edward Hitchcock
Pilot Officer Richard Frederick Wiesener
Corporal John Frederick Palmer
Aircraftman Charles Joseph Crosdale (198 pp)

Memorial Cairn.
Air Disaster Memorial and the Great War: [1]
On a hill near the NSW city of Queanbeyan, and not far from Canberra Airport, is a memorial dedicated to the memory of several distinguished Australians killed when an aeroplane carrying three Federal Ministers bound for a cabinet meeting – Sir Henry Gullet, James Fairburn and Geoffrey Street – crashed on approach to Canberra on 13 August 1940.
It was a time of new national crisis, and the disaster was a body-blow to the war effort. Australia could ill afford to lose such experienced and capable men. . . more . . . image

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  1. Air Disaster Memorial and the Great War: and photo of Cairn | | \|/ |




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