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, eight 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.
Capt. Bruce Dickson · 1st Off. Frank A. Campbell · Flt. Eng. Charles Cattanach · Navg. George R. Murtagh · Radio Op. 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 Fehr & son John · William Kapell · Cyril G. McDonald · Capt. 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 contributers.