Kimberly Hefling June 11th, 2009 Memorial to honor US troops killed in 1943 crash FORT MYER, Va. — It’s taken 66 years. But a memorial will be dedicated Thursday at Fort Myer, Va., to 40 U.S. soldiers killed during World War II in a plane crash in Australia. Officials say the 1943 crash is the deadliest in Australian history and the worst single plane crash in the Southwest Pacific in World War II. But it was considered a military secret. Some family members did not learn the circumstances until decades later. A group of volunteers called the Bakers Creek Memorial Association raised funds for the memorial. It has been on the grounds of the Australian Embassy until a home was found. There’s a similar memorial in Australia. The B-17C Flying Fortress crashed at Bakers Creek near Mackay in Queensland.