Bomana War Cemetery, Port Moresby
members of the 2/30th transferred out of the
Battalion in early 1941. Several
transferred to 8 ITB at Dubbo, and later served
with the 2/33 Battalion in the Middle East and
while preparing to emplane for an operational
area with their unit, many members of the 2/33rd
were seriously injured when a US plane crashed on
take off at Jackson's airfield near Port
Moresby. The plane, loaded
with petrol and bombs, was taking off on the
morning of 7th September, in near darkness. It
was flying very low, when a wing tip struck a
tree and the plane then crashed into several
trucks carrying members of 2/33 Battalion and
158th General Transport Company.
including the plane's crew, were killed or died
of their injuries, and 92 others survived the
suffering from serious burns, were
admitted to 2/9 AGH at Port Moresby but several died
later of their injuries. They were buried
at Bomana War Cemetery.
One of five trucks, carrying
members of 2/33 Battalion, which was destroyed when a US
Liberator bomber crashed on take off.
Australian War Memorial - ID No.
Another one of the five trucks destroyed on 7/9/1943 at
Jackson's airfield, near Port Moresby.
Australian War Memorial -
ID No. 057404
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