U.S. Army Pilots 8th Squadron 49th Fighter Group Memorial Plaque

Description

A brass plaque mounted on a concrete plinth, located next to the Eden War Memorial in RSL Park.

Inscription

In memory of four U.S. Army pilots of the 8th Squadron, 49th Fighter Group, who became lost in this area in bad weather while on a training exercise from Canberra on 28 March 1942.

Lt. A.E. 'Doc' Fielder made a successful landing on Aslings Beach, while Lt Chester Namola landed near Berridale. However, Lt Neal T. Takala crashed near mount Imlay and Lt John J. Musial near Narrabarba, and both were killed.

Tragically Lts. Namola and Fielder were later to lose their lives also, in the defence of Darwin, on 16 and 23 June 1942.

Erected by the R.S.L. and people of Eden on Anzac Day 25 April 1997

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflicts Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Lt AE (Doc) Fielder World War 2 KIA USSAF 8thSqd,49th fighter group Pacific view
Lt John J Musial World War 2 KIA USSAF 8thSqd,49th fighter group Pacific view
Lt Chester Namola World War 2 KIA USSAF 8thSqd,49th fighter group Pacific view
Lt Neil Y Takala World War 2 KIA USSAF 8thSqd,49th fighter group Pacific view

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Address
RSL Park
Calle Calle Street
Eden NSW 2551
Australia
Local Government Area
  • Bega Valley Shire
Setting
  • Garden/park
Memorial type
  • Board/roll/plaque/tablet
Recorded by
Peter Levarre-Waters
Year of construction
1997
Established Date format: 
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Established date
'; print $new_date; } else{ print ''; }
Dedication date
25 April 1997
Conflict/s
  • Second World War, 1939–45