Lt Cantello Memorial

Description: 

 

This memorial commemorates Lt George Cantello of the USAAF who died in 1942 when his aircraft crashed on takeoff from Bankstown while attempting to locate a Japanese submarine that was shelling eastern Sydney.

Also mounted on this memorial is a plaque in commemoration of the sinking of HMAS Kuttabul during the midget submarine attack in Sydney Harbour

 

Inscription: 

 

Lt. Cantello Reserve

 

Liverpool City Council
This plaque was unveiled on
Sunday, 31st May 1992
by
Mark Latham
Mayor
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the sinking of
HMAS Kuttabul - 31st May 1942
Kuttabul, was sunk in Sydney Harbour, at 2300 hours on the 31st of May 1942 during the
Japanese Midget Submarine attack, with the loss of 21 lives
This plaque was erected by the community of the City of Liverpool in memory of
those sailors lost, as a resutl of this tragic incident
The following is a roll call of those 21 personnel who gave their lives:
LEST WE FORGET

 

City of Liverpool
These Plaques were unveiled on
12th June, 1988 by
The Honourable John C. Dorrance
Consul General of the United States of America
to commemorate the dedication of this memorial
to
1st LT. George Leo Cantello
0-3888 USAAF
Commander, 41st fighter squadron, 35th fighter group, who gave
his life nearby on 8th June, 1942 in the defence of Sydney
Alderman C. R. Conway J.P.
Mayor
D. W. Mead - A.I.M.M Town Clerk/City Manager
Brigadier J.M. Sanderson A.M - President - Bicentennial Community Committee
P.S.Kidd - B.E. M.ENG.SC. O.T. & C.P. - City Engineer

 

Lest We Forget
Cantello
(1915 -1942)
In the early hours of 8th June, 1942, Lt. Cantello took off in his
P-39 Bell Airacobra fighter plane from Bankstown Aerodrome in response
to the shelling of Sydney by a Japanese submarine lying of the coast.
For undetermined reasons, the aircraft crashed near this memorial
shortly after takeoff, killing Lt. Cantello instantly.
Liverpool City Council with the support of
the 5th Air Force Memorial Foundation
The Flying School Class 40-A Association
The American Battle Monuments Comission
has erected this memorial in Australia's bicentennial year as a permanent
reminder of Lt Cantello's sacrifice and the contribution made to the
defence of Australia by the United States Armed Forces during World War II
He gave his life for liberty
 

 
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Recorded by: 

Peter F Williams
 

Address Data: 

Stewart Ave
Lt Cantello Reserve
Hammondville NSW 2170
 
 

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Veterans Listed

Rank FirstName LastNamesort descending Link
Stoker I I John Samuel Asher view
Able Seaman Leslie William Bland view
Stoker William Richard Boundy view
Acting Leading Stoker Sydney William Butcher view
Stoker I I Leslie Joseph Dennison view
Stoker Arthur William Francis view
Stoker John Edward Gannon view
Stoker Jack Albert Gardner view
Stoker Frederick Arthur Glanford view
Engine Room Artificer IV Walter George Gordon view

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