On June 14, 1943, a United States Army Air Forces B-17C Flying Fortress plane crashed at Bakers Creek killing 40 people. There was only one survivor, Foye Kenneth Roberts.
The plane had taken off from Mackay airport, bound for Papa New Guinea. Wartime censorship meant the crash was not reported at the time. The annual Bakers Creek ceremony is a significant day of remembrance for all in the region. COVID-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of this year’s ceremony.
This video tribute, including a message from Mayor Greg Williamson and a virtual ceremony at the Bakers Creek memorial, has been put together by RSL historian Col Benson on behalf of the Returned and Services League of Australia (Queensland Branch).
Click on the link below for the full service via video.