A new sculpture in Tarlee has managed to capture a piece of the town’s World War II history and is now on display at the town’s visitor information bay.
Sculptor Tony Howard searched through Tarlee’s history and discovered a WWII Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Avro Anson plane crashed in a field close to the town, and drawing inspiration from that event, he created the sculpture from a donated Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah 7Piston Aeroplane engine, the same as the one from the plane crash.
The artwork was unveiled last Friday (August13), by WWII Veteran Clem Walters, 97, alongside Clare and Gilbert Valleys Council Mayor Wayne Thomas.
Mr Walters joined the RAAF in 1942and his first station was at the Mallala base, where he served as a Leading Air Craftsman.
The sculpture was completed with the help of the $1 million in funding from round two of the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program.