MILITARY AIRFIELDS
IN AUSTRALIA AND THE WESTERN PACIFIC AREA
DURING WORLD WAR 2

 

At the end of WW2, the Royal Australian Air Force had 317 mainland and regional airfields that it controlled. Within a short period of time the greater majority of these airfields were disposed of. The following existing or potential airfields were retained:-

 

Amberley Butterworth Canberra *
Cocos Island East Sale Momote
Darwin Laverton * Learmonth
Pearce Port Moresby * Richmond
Schofields * Townsville Williamtown

* lower priority sites

NOTE:- The brownish coloured maps that you can view below, are from a map lent to me by Daniel Hultgren. The map is titled as follows:-

WESTERN PACIFIC

PLOTTING MAP

MERCATOR PROJECTION

COMPILED AND DRAWN BY R.A.A.F. CARTOGRAPHIC SECTION

SCALE 130 STAT. MILES to 1 INCH AT 10

NATURAL SCALE 1: 8,236,800

  • AERODROMES

 

E-MAILS FROM VISITORS TO THIS SITE

 

Click on any of the thumbnail pictures below
to see a larger version of the map.

 

Civil Construction Corps

 

Were there as many as 5 Japanese bush airfields
in Australia during WW2?

 

Mobile Naval Operating Air Bases
in Australia and The Western Pacific

 

Demolition of our harbours and airfields

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Fairbairn
near Canberra

 

 

  

 

QUEENSLAND

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Northern Queensland

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Southern Queensland

Aitkenvale Weir

Antil Plains

Amberley

Archerfield

Augustus Downs

Balfe's Creek

Barcaldine

Beenleigh

Blackall

Bohle River

Bowen

Breddan

Brunette Downs

Brymaroo

Bundaberg

Cairns
(Civil)

Camooweal

Canobie Station

Carpentaria Downs

Cecil Plains
or Tipton Airfield

Charleville Charters Towers Cloncurry Coen
Colmslie Flying Boat Base, Naval Air Station, Brisbane, US Navy
(Brisbane)
Condamine Cooktown
(Civil)

and Cooktown Mission

Coominya

Cunnamulla

Dunk Island

Eagle Farm

Elliot

Fanning

Forks

Gailes

Garbutt

Giru

Goolman Hamilton Flying Boat Base
(Brisbane)
Higgins Field,
Red Island Point, Red Point (Jacky Jacky or Bamaga)

Horn Island
(Nurapai)

Inverleigh

Iron Range
(Claudie & Gordon)

Jondaryan

Karumba
(Flying Boats)

Kingaroy Kingston
(sometimes called Woodridge)
Lappa Junction

Laura

Leyburn

Loganlea

Longreach

Lowood

Mackay

Macrossan

Mareeba

Maryborough

Meadowvale

Milgarra station

Mt Hedlow

Mitchell River Mission

Mornington Island
(adjacent to RAAF Radar Station No. 313)
Mount Isa Mount St. John
(Townsville)

Mount Surprise

Normanton

Oakey

Palm Island
US Naval Air Station

Petrie

Powlathunga

Redland Bay Flying Boat Base
(Post WWII)

Reid River

Rockhampton

Rosewood

Ross River Runcorn (ELG)

Southport Waterfield

Strathglass (partly completed at Prairie)

Strathpine

Stock Route

Toogoolawah
(now Watts Bridge airfield)

Toowoomba

Torrens Creek

Townsville Flying Boat Base

Upper Ross River
(Kelso Field)

Warrill Creek
(Also known as Warwick Road, Mutdapilly of 10 Mile Swamp)
Waterford Winton

Wivenhoe

Wondoola Station

Woodstock
near today's Donnington Airpark
Wrotham Park

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

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Albury Albion Park Allandale Armidale

Bankstown

Bargo

Belfrayden

Blowclear
Bourke North Bradley Field Bringelly Broadmeadow
(Civilian airfield)
Broke Broken Hill South Brolgan Buckwoodlands
Bulga Bundidjarie or Bundidgery Burke Burroway or Burreway
Calala Calwalla Camden CastlereaghCoffs Harbour
Cessnock Clairville North Cobar Combaning
Coolamon Road Cootamundra Cordeaux Corowa
Copper Ridge Cudjello Dandaloo Deniliquin
Denison Dry Forest Dubbo Dungog
Evans Head Fish River Fleur Forest Hill
near Wagga
Gidley Glen Innes Glendon Gobbabaula
Goobang East Goulburn Grong Grong Road
(satellite field near Narrandera)
Guyra
Hexham ELG Hopefield Hotham Hoxton Park
(20 miles west Bankstown)
Iowa Jervis Bay Jones Junee Road
Kendalls Lake Albert Lake Cargellico Lake Coolah
Lake Victoria Leetham Field Lithgow Marsden Park
Mascot Menangle Millthorpe Minore
Mittagong Mogriguy Moroco Moruya
Moss Vale Mudgee Mt Druitt Nabiac
Narrandera Narromine Nepean Dam Newcastle
North Bourke Nowra Orange Parkes
Piggot Pitt Town Pokolbin Pucawan
Raglan Rathmines Ravenswood Richmond
Ringwood Rose Bay Flying Boat Base Roto Schofields
Scone Spring Creek Reservoir St. Georges Basin
Flying Boats
near Jervis Bay
Strowan
Stud Park Tamworth Temora The Oaks
Tichbourne Timbrebongie Tocumwal
"McIntyre Field"
Tootool
Trangie Trescowthick Triamble
(Wing V?)
Tuggerah
Uranquinty Vineyards Wagga Road Wagga Wagga
Wait O While Wallgrove
(near Doonside)
Wandook Wangonilla or Wanganelle
Warbreccan Warkworth Wellingrove Wentworth
Williamtown Woodlands Woy Woy
(Satellite of Schofields)
Yarragundry
 Youngs Road      

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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Fighter Guide Map No. 1 b
Darwin Area
This is a large file

Adelaide River E.L.G.

Adelaide River No. 3 (Brooks)

Alice Springs

Austin

Batchelor

Bathurst Island

Berry Springs?

Birdum

Blyth No. 1 E.L.G. Brunette Downs Campbell Coomalie Creek
Cape Fourcroy Daly Waters Darwin (RAAF) Darwin Civil airfield at Parap
Doctor's Gully
(Darwin - Flying Boat Base)
East Arm Flying Boat Base Fenton
(Brock's Creek)
George Yard ELG
(Landing Ground No. 341)
Gill Creek ELG
(Landing Ground No. 337)
Gove Gorrie Gould
(near Batchelor)
Groote Eylandt Hughes
32 Mile Field near Noonaman
Katherine Koolpinyah H.S. E.L.G.
Limestone ELG
(Landing Ground No. 414)
Livingstone
34 Mile Field
- near Humpty Doo
Long Manbulloo
McDonald Maranboy E.L.G. Mathison ELG
(Landing Ground No. 343)
Melville Bay airfield
Melville Bay Flying Boat Base
(Watson's Bay)
Millingimbi Nelly Waterhole ELG
(Landing Ground No. 414)
O'Connor's Field
(Howard Island)
Oenpelli E.L.G.
near Alligator River
Pell
(65 Mile)
Pine Creek Port Keats
Reynolds No. 4 E.L.G. Sattler
(20 Mile)
Snake Bay airfield
Melville Island
Strauss
(27 Mile)

Tennant Creek

Tindal
Also known as
Carson's Field
Tipperary No. 9 E.L.G. Vaughan Springs
Civil Relief Landing Ground

Venn
originally Wilson Airfield

(south east of Katherine)

Victoria River
Civil Relief Landing Ground
Willing Woolyanna No. 8 B E.L.G.

 

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Another Military map of the Northern Territory
showing various military establishments

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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Ceduna

Calomba

Gawler

Kingscote

Lower Light Mallala Mt. Gambier Myponga
Oodnadatta Parafield Port Lincoln Port Pirie
Saints Tintinara Virginia Relief Landing Ground, near Parafield  

 

TASMANIA AND BASS STRAIT ISLANDS

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Auburn
(Surveyed only)
Cambridge

Currie or Curry

Longford
Nile
Relief Landing Ground 7.5miles south of Western Junction
Pat's River Quorn Hall Tunbridge

Valley Field
(or Valleyfields)

Western Junction
(now Launceston civil airfield)

 

 

 

VICTORIA

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Ararat

Bacchus Marsh
Satellite for Laverton

Bairnsdale Ballarat
Benalla

Craigeburn

Cressy Deakin
Devenish

Dutson

East Sale East Stratford
Essendon

Exford
(Dispersal Field for Laverton)

Fishermen's Bend Flynn's Creek
Gifford

Glengarry

Goorambat Greenhills
(Packenham)

Heath Hill

Lake Boga Flying Boat Base

Lake Victoria Lara
Laverton

Mallacoota

Mangalore West Maryvale
Mokoan

Monomeith Park
(Koo-wee-rup)

Mildura Mordialloc
(VAOC emergency landing strip)
Murchison East

Nambrok

Nhill Oaklands
Point Cook

Rothwell

Truganina
(Dispersal Field fo r Laverton)
Swan Hill
Warrnambool

Wentworth

Werribee Werribee II
West Sale

 Wilson's Promontory

Wooloomanata Yelta
Yanakie

 

   

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Southern half

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Northern half

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Far northern section

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North west section

Ajana
Satellite for Geraldton
Albany Anna Plains
(US controlled)
Beverley
Satellite for Middle Swan
Bindoon
Satellite for Middle Swan
Broome Bunbury Busselton
Campbell Cape Leveque Carnarvon Cue
Corunna Downs Crawley
(or Pelican Point near Perth)
(Flying boats)
Cunderdin No. 1 and Cunderdin No. 2 Derby
Dowerin South Drysdale Mission Esperance Exmouth Gulf
Exmouth Gulf No. 2 Forrest Georgina
(Satellite field for Geraldton)
Geraldton
Gin Gin North
Satellite for Middle Swan
Goomalling Guildford
(
Now Perth Airport)
Hillman
Kalgoorlie Kojarina Kununoppin
or Kunnunoppin
Learmonth
(Exmouth in the
Potshot area)
Maylands Meckering
Satellite for Pearce
Meekatharra Merredin ELG
Middle Swan
(Caversham)
Minderoo Mooliabeenee
or Moolia Beenie
Satellite for Middle Swan
Moora
Muchea East
Satellite for Pearce
Narrogin East Narrogin West Nilli Bubbaca
Nookanbah (or Noonkanbah)
(Near Fitzroy Crossing)
North West Cape Onslow Pearce
Perth Pinjarra North Port Headland Rockwell
Roebourne Tenindewa Three Springs Truscott
Upper Swan
Satellite for Guildford
Wagin Walkaway Wyndham
Yalgoo Yampi Sound
(Flying Boats)
Yanrey Yulleroo

 

AUSTRALIAN TERRITORIES

Norfolk Island      

 

 

REST OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC AREA

 

NEW HEBRIDES (Now Vanuatu)

Port Vila
(RAAF Catalina base)

 

ESPIRITU SANTO

Bomber III Ob Ratard Plantation
(in the south) - for light a/c
Pekoa
(also the present-day strip)
Peleula Bay
(in the south-east, now overgrown with jungle)
Turtle Bay

 

 

EFATE

Bauerfield
(west side)
Havannah Harbour
(west side)

Quoin Hill
(south east) - USMC fighter strip

The above airfields are mentioned in the book
"The Lady and the President"

"The Life and Loss of the President Coolidge"

by Peter Stone

 

AUSTRALIAN NEW GUINEA

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Aitape Alexishafen Boram But
Dagua Dumpu Finschhafen Gauka
Hopoi Kaiapit Lae Madang
Marilinan Nadzab Nubia Saidor
Salamaua Tadji Tsili Tsili Wewak

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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Berry (was Bamana,  Port Moresby) (USAAF) Dobadura

5 airfields

Durand (12 miles north of Port Moresby -  USAAF) (was Waigani) Jackson Field (was 7 mile Field - 7 miles north of Port Moresby RAAF)
Gurney Flying Boat Base Kila Kila (RAAF) (3 miles east of Port Moresby) Milne Bay

- Gurney
- plus 2 others airfields

Port Moresby flying boat base
Rogers Field (was Varona, Port Moresby) (USAAF) Schwimmer (USAAF) (was Laloki,  9 miles NE of Port Moresby) Turnbull Wards (Port Moresby) (RAAF)

 

DUTCH NEW GUINEA

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Babo Cyclops Fakfak
(Flying Boats)
Hollandia
Jefman Kamiri
(Noemfoor Island)
Manokwari Mar
Merauke Middleburg Mokmer
(Biak Island)
Moemi
Mongosah Mumi Nabire Namber
(Noemfoor Island)
Otawiri Ransiki Sagan Samate
(or Semate)
Sentani Sorong Timoeka
(or Timuka)
Utarom
Wakde Island      

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS

Click to go to Map

Ballalei
(or Ballalle)
Bokokoma Bonis Buka Passage
Henderson Field
(Guadalcanal)
Kahili Kara Kieta
Munda Point
(or Munda)
Ondonga Russell Island Segi Point
Stirling Torokina Vila  

Photographs of Airfields and Aircraft Wreckage
in the Solomon Islands

 

GOODENOUGH ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Vivigani

TROBRIAND ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Kiriwina         Sia

WOODLARK ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Guasopa

 

 

NEW BRITAIN

Click to go to Map

Arawe  

Cape Gloucester

Cape Hoskins

Gasmata

Green Island

Jacquinot Bay

 

Lakunai

Namatanai Rabaul
(4 airfields)
Talasea
Vunakanau      

 

NEW IRELAND

Click to go to Map

Borpop Kavieng

 

ST. MATTHIAS GROUP

Click to go to Map

Emirau

 

 

ADMIRALTY ISLANDS

Click to go to Map

Lorengau

Mokerang             Momote

Pityilu
(Satellite airfield to Ponam - US Navy)

Ponam
(US Navy Airstrip)

 

CERAM

Click to go to Map

Ambon

Amahai

Boela (or Bula)

Haroekoe
(or Haruku)

Laha

Liang

Namlea  

 

TANIMBAR ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Selaroe (or Selaru)

TAJANDOE ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Eaan        Doeroa

Langgoer (or Langgur)

TRANGAN ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Doka Barat        Trangan

MOLUCCA ISLANDS

Click to go to Map

Oba          Galela

Kau         Laboera         Mit       Pitu

Ternate (Flying Boats)               Wama

 

 

CELEBES

Click to go to Map

Ambesia Baroe Bingkalapa Boeloedowang
Gorontalo
(Flying boats)
Kendari Langoan Limboeng
(or Limbung)
Macassar
(Flying boats)
Mandai Menado Paloe
Pare Pare Pomelaa    

 

TIMOR

Click to go to Map

Atambua Cape Chater
(Flying boats)
Cape Lore Dilli
Fuiloro Lautem Nembrala
(Roti Island)
Penfoei (or Penfui)

 

FLORES ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Maoe Mere (or Maumere)     Reo

SOEMBA ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Waikalo     Waingapoe (or Waingapu)

Melolo

 

SOEMBAWA ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Bima            Soembawa Besar

LOMBOK ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Rambang

BALI ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Den Pasar

 

JAVA

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Andir Banjoewangi Crissee
(or Grissee)
Djokjakarta
Kalibanteng Kalidjati Kemajoran Madioen
Malang Pasirian Perak Soerakarta
Tjillitan Wonosari Wonsari  

 

BORNEO

Click to go to Map

Asa Jesselton Keningau Kotawaringin
Kuching Kudat Labuan Manggar
Melak Miri Oelin Pontianak
Ranau Samarinda
(2 airfields)
Sandakan Sepinggang
Tabanio Tarakan Ulin  

 

SUMATRA?

Click to go to Map

Benkoelen Mana Muntok Padang
Pakanbaroe Palembang
(3 strips)
   

 

PHILIPPINE ISLANDS

Clark Field Davao
(Mindanao)
Dulag Lingayen Gulf
(Flying boats)
Manila
(Flying Boats)
Ormoc San Jose Tacloban

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Dennis Whiley for his assistance with this home page.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

"Queensland Airfields WW2 - 50 Years On"
By Roger R. Marks

 

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This page first produced 12 March 1999

This page last updated 23 November 2016