NEAR PAKENHAM, VIC
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII
On 31 May 1942 an inspection of various sites for a new satellite airfield at Greenhills was carried out. By 31 July 1942, eight possible sites had been selected and marked out. Mr. J.K. Robertson and Mr. L. Hogan inspected the selected site on 14 October 1942 and witnessed construction of the two runways. Mr. J. Eldershaw was in charge of camouflaging the location. 16 hideouts were developed.
Greenhills Airfield (RAAF) was constructed immediately south of Pakenham in Victoria. The north - south runway was on the western side of the Pakenham to Kooweerup highway and the east - west runway ran westwards from the northern end of the north - south runway. They were gravelled runways.
Plan:- National Archives of Australia
The north - south runway disappeared under farming land prior to 1970. Two concrete slabs were constructed at the west end of the east - west runway which was then used as a Dragway for fast cars. Commando Skydivers Parachute Club used the runway from the late 1960s through to the early 2000s. They were able to operated Lockheed 12 and DC-3s from the airfield. The Parachute Club erected a number of small buildings at the eastern end of the runway and eventually erected two aircraft hangars.
The Parachute Club relocated to Tooradin Airfield when construction of the M1 Princess Highway and Pakenham By-pass commenced. The east - west runway was eventually covered by a new housing suburb. Arden Street now roughly follows the alignment of the WWII east - west runway.
Aviation Historical Society of Australia News Volume 33, Number 2, Published April 2017
Camouflage of Defence Sites - Victoria - Greenhills RAAF Station and satellites, Fisheries Road and Cranbourne, National Archives of Australia
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