GAILES EMERGENCY LANDING GROUND (A-9)
BRISBANE, QLD USED DURING WW2

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Gailes Emergency Landing Ground (ELG) was built by Mr. R. Hornibrook in about May 1942 for the American military. It was located at 27.37 Lat and 152.56 Long. It was under the control of the RAAF. It was B-1 type airfield which means it had one runway greater than 800 yards long. It was used as a crash strip.

Map showing location of Gailes Airfield

Gailes Airfield

Gailes Airfield on 15 April 1943

Gailes airfield was adjacent to the very large Darra Ordnance Ammunition Depot which is now mainly covered by the suburbs of Forest Lake and parts of Inala. There may have also been a hangar erected there as well.

An Air Field Data Sheet dated 24 August 1943 described the Gailes (Wacol) airfield as follows:-

Cleared, graded and consolidated strip, but at present there is considerable growth of suckers to about 8 feet height. Strip U/S; temporarily obstructed with longer barricades and mine crater.

APPROACHES:  have been cleared, but no splay clearing done. Strip is very undulating, lightly grassed.

 

Gailes Airfield on 16 April 1943

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

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

 

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