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The Aircraft "Resolution" Memorial Plaque | by Wade Tregaskis
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The Aircraft "Resolution" Memorial Plaque

"In memoriam

The Aircraft 'Resolution'


The Australian Company British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines DC-6B, VH-BPE, on a scheduled flight from Sydney to San Francisco with a final destination of Vancouver, Canada, crashed on Kings Mountain in San mateo County during the morning hours of October 29, 1953.


This is the worst aviation accident in county history, claiming the lives of all on board, eigh crew members and eleven passengers. The cause of this disaster remains a mystery but is a testament to modern day aviation safety procedures initiated from that day forth.



Captain Bruce Dickson

1st officer Frank A. Campbell

Flight Engineer Charles Cattanach

Navigation Officer George R. Murtagh

Radio Operator Vernon A. Walker

Purser Walter B. Knight

Hostesses June F. Elder & Amy K. Lewis



John R. Briscoe

John W. Butterworth

Jean Chiverton

William J. Cox

Reginald Eastoe

Janos Feher & son John

William Kapell

Cyril G. McDonald

Captain Paul O. Olsen

Bernard R. Tischler


This memorial made possible through the efforts of Christopher M. O'Donnell, Flight of the Resolution COmmittee, Hiller Aviation Museum, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Historical Preservation Foundation of Native Sons of the Golden West and valued contributors.


Dedicated October 29, 2006

Native Sons of the Golden West

Grand President, J. Michael Anthony"

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