Memorial commemorates aviator John Cowe McIntosh.
Lieutenant John Cowe McIntosh was born in Scotland in 1892, and having moved later to Western Australia, enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in 1914. He served in the 4th Field Ambulance AAMC on Gallipoli and in France, and was promoted Corporal. Just before the end of hostilities he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps to undertake flying training at Oxford in the UK. McIntosh was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) in April 1919. Rather than return to Australia with other elements of the AIF by ship, McIntosh joined forces with Lieutenant Ray Parer to enter the Australian Government`s andpound;10,000 air race from England to Australia.
Although the race was won by Ross and Keith Smith in December 1919, McIntosh and Parer continued with their adventure. Despite great difficulties and obstacles, they became the first airmen to fly a single-engine aircraft from England to Australia. The epic journey took 208 days and McIntosh and Parer were each rewarded with a andpound;500 cheque and an Air Force Cross.
Lieutenant John Cowe McIntosh was killed in an aircraft crash near Pithara WA in 1921.
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