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

Camooweal

Canobie Station

Carpentaria Downs

Cecil Plains

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

Cunnamulla

Dunk Island

Eagle Farm

Elliot

Fanning

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

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

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 Broke
Broken Hill South Brolgan Buckwoodlands Bulga
Bundidjarie Burroway Calala Calwalla
Camden Castlereagh Cessnock Clairville North
Cobar Coffs Harbour Combaning 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 Warbreccan Warkworth
Wellingrove Wentworth Williamtown Woodlands
Woy Woy
(Satellite of Schofields)
Yarragundry  Young 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 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 MacDonald
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

Gawler

Kingscote

Mallala

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

 

TASMANIA AND BASS STRAIT ISLANDS

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Auburn
(Surveyed only)
Cambridge

Currie

Nile
Relief Landing Ground 7.5miles south of Western Junction

Pats River

Quorn Hall

Tunbridge

Valley Field
(or Valleyfield)

Western Junction
(now Launceston civil airfield)
     

 

VICTORIA

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Ararat

Bacchus Marsh
Satellite for Laverton

Bairnsdale Ballarat
Benalla

Craigeburn

Cressy East Sale
East Stratford

Essendon

Exford
(Dispersal Field for Laverton)
Fishermen's Bend
Flynn's Creek

Gifford

Glengarry Greenhills
(Packenham)

Heath Hill

Lake Boga Flying Boat Base

Laverton Mallacoota
Mangalore West

Maryvale

Monomeith Park
(
Koo-wee-rup)
Mildura
Mordialloc
(VAOC emergency landing strip)

Murchison East

Nambrok Nhill
Oaklands

Point Cook

Truganina
(Dispersal Field for Laverton)
Swan Hill
Warrnambool

Werribee

West Sale Wilson's Promontory
 Wooloomanata      

 

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 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 Kununoppin Learmonth
(Exmouth in the
Potshot area)
Maylands
Meckering
Satellite for Pearce
Meekatharra Merredin ELG Middle Swan
(Caversham)
Minderoo Mooliabeenee
Satellite for Middle Swan
Moora Muchea East
Satellite for Pearce
Narrogin East Narrogin West Nookanbah (or Noonkanbah)
(Near Fitzroy Crossing)
North West Cape
Onslow Pearce Perth Pinjarra North
Port Headland Rockwell Roebourne Three Springs
Truscott Upper Swan
Satellite for Guildford
Wagin Wyndham
Yalgoo Yampi Sound
(Flying Boats)
Yanrey  

 

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

 

LINKS TO OTHER SITES ON THE INTERNET

Airfield Research Group

 

World War II Airfields & Radar Stations (UK)

 

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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