Jan 30, 2020 - World

Australia honors U.S. airmen who died fighting fires

A memorial for the U.S. crew who died in the fiery crash in Australia's Snowy Mountains.

A memorial for the U.S. crew who died in the fiery crash in Australia's Snowy Mountains. Photo: New South Wales Rural Fire Service/Twitter

A memorial service was held at the Royal Australian Air Force base in Richmond, New South Wales, Thursday for three members of a U.S. aircrew who died while fighting bushfires when their air tanker crashed in the state's Snowy Mountains last week.

The big picture: Capt. Ian MacBeth, First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson, and Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan Jr. died last Thursday when the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, operated by the Canadian company Coulson Aviation, crashed in the Snowy Mountains. A crowdfunding page to support their families had raised nearly $20,000 by 1:15am ET Thursday.

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