On 16 May 1940, a military Avro Anson aircraft with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) serial A4-4 , crashed into the north-east face of Mount Torbreck, 300 m (1,000 ft) below the summit, not far from the townships of Eildon and Snobs Creek. All four men on board were killed instantly. Searches were conducted by the RAAF along with family members which were all to no avail. The wreckage of Avro Anson A4-4 and her crew comprising of Pilot Flying Officer Anthony Daniel, Wireless Operator Corporal Ivan Stowdor, Fitter Corporal Francis Hyland and Fitter Corporal Fred Sass were found 8 months later by local bushman mustering cattle in the area. All 4 men were repatriated and buried with full military honours
In the early 1960’s a memorial cairn was funded by the Hyland Family and built by the RAAF along with an access track for visitors to visit the site and pay their respects. Sadly after many years the memorial site was forgotten about and reclaimed by mother nature.
In 2013 a volunteer group that Anthony, Paul and Andy were involved in set about restoring the access track and memorial site so visitors could once again visit this historically significant site.
For more in depth detail of the history behind the site and the restoration process, an article created by Artworkz can be read HERE
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