Vickers Vimy Memorial opens in Adelaide

27 April, 1958

The Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith War Memorial at Adelaide Airport is officially unveiled by the father of the RAAF, Air Marshall Sir Richard Williams.

Sir Keith Smith asked then Prime Minister Robert Menzies to relocate the plane to Adelaide when it was removed from display in the Australian War Memorial after World War II. The people of SA donated £30,000 to make it happen.

Lady Anita Smith and other dignitaries inspect John Dowie’s sculpture of the Vickers Vimy crew at Adelaide Airport in 1969, on the 50th anniversary of the epic flight. SLSA PRG 18/56/102