SORRY SIGHT: Bob Keogh has written a history of flying in Warwick. He said the War Memorial Committee spent their weekends from 1955-1958 conducting working bees to blast and clear the land so commercial airlines could service the region.
SORRY SIGHT: Bob Keogh has written a history of flying in Warwick. He said the War Memorial Committee spent their weekends from 1955-1958 conducting working bees to blast and clear the land so commercial airlines could service the region. Marian Faa

FALLEN FROM MEMORY: New sign sends message of disrespect

BOB Keogh is watching Warwick's history fly from memory.

A new sign erected at the Warwick airport was more than a matter of words, Mr Keogh said.

It's a slight on the group of dedicated volunteers that spent three years constructing the facility with their bare hands and the money in their pockets.

It's also marks a lack of respect to the World War II soldiers the aerodrome was built to commemorate.

Minutes from a 1958 Warwick Chamber of Commerce meeting.
Minutes from a 1958 Warwick Chamber of Commerce meeting. "It was resolved that the Aerodrome be a memorial to those who were killed in the Second World War and that it would be called the 'Warwick and District Memorial Aerodrome'". Marian Faa

A sign erected by the Southern Downs Regional Council in recent weeks reads "Warwick Aerodrome” in bold letters.

But Aero Club patron and long time flier Mr Keogh says they've got it wrong.

Minutes from a Warwick Chamber of Commerce meeting in 1958 read: "It was resolved that the Aerodrome be a memorial to those who were killed in the Second World War and that it would be called the 'Warwick and District Memorial Aerodrome'”.

For Mr Keogh and other long time airport users, it's an offensive mistake.

Warwick War Memorial Committee consiting of WR Matthews, PR Carstens, RS Knight, LJ Creswell, GT O'Neill, GL Henry, DJSkehan and LV Armbruster.
Warwick War Memorial Committee consiting of WR Matthews, PR Carstens, RS Knight, LJ Creswell, GT O'Neill, GL Henry, DJSkehan and LV Armbruster. Marian Faa

"There's a lot of people still around who were involved in flying in those days and we are a little offended that a new sign has been put up.”

The aerodrome was a dream first realised by the eight members of the War Memorial Committee.

"They came out and blew trees up and all sorts of things. It was a dangerous operation at times,” Mr Keogh said.

Upon its completion in 1958, the facility was handed over to the council of the time.

SORRY SIGHT: Bob Keogh has written a history of flying in Warwick.
SORRY SIGHT: Bob Keogh has written a history of flying in Warwick. Marian Faa

"The whole idea was to get a commercial airport for the region,” Mr Keogh said.

Mr Koegh hoped the council would change the sign to reflect the committee's wishes.

"If we don't have the aerodrome named correctly we are not carrying on the history.

The council has been unable to respond.



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