HIGGINS FIELD, QLD
DURING WW2
ALSO KNOWN AS RED ISLAND POINT AIRFIELD OR
RED POINT AIRFIELD OR JACK JACKY AIRFIELD AND
NOW KNOWN AS BAMAGA AIRFIELD OR INGANOO AIRFIELD

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Higgins Field, previously known as Jacky Jacky and sometimes called Red Point or Red Island Point airfield, was located near the tip of Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland. It is located about 8 kms south of the town of Bamaga in far north Queensland.

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Plan of Higgins Field

 


Photo: - Michael Musumeci

Bamaga Airfield today

 


Photo: - Michael Musumeci

Bamaga Airfield today

On 3 June 1943, Lieutenant General Kenney renamed it Higgins Field in honour of Flight Lieutenant Brian Hartley Higgins, 400620, RAAF, who was killed on air operations on 25 May 1943.


Photo:- via Howard Hamilton Quick

Members of the 13th Garrison Battalion at Jacky Jacky in April 1943
From left to right:- Edwyn Rhys Gronow, Robert Hamilton Quick,
S. (?) Anderson, Robert Beveridge, Thomas Henry Wilson, (?) Alchen"

Ron Moon told me that there are the remains of a Beaufort bomber not far from the airfield at Bamaga (Higgins field). You can clearly see the rear centre gun enclosure.

In mid October 1944, three C-47's and four air crews from 34 Squadron RAAF were detached from Parafield in South Australia to Higgins Field for special operations to Hollandia, Noemfoor, Tadji and other locations. They relocated to Garbutt airfield in early November 1944 and the relocated back to Parafield on 13 November 1944.


Photo: Peter Schinkel

C-47 Dakota and Memorial at Bamaga on 2 July 2003

Daniel Leahy believes the above wreck is a C-49 (DC-3) VH-CXD, which he believes was USAAF #44-83228 which crashed at Higgins Field on 5 May 1942 killing six on board. 

 


Photo: Peter Schinkel

C-47 Dakota and Memorial at Bamaga on 2 July 2003

 


Photo: Peter Schink
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Remains of a Beaufort at Bamaga, 2 July 2003

 


Photo: Peter Schink
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Remains of a Beaufort at Bamaga, 2 July 2003

 


Photo: Peter Schink
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Rusted remains of fuel drums at Bamaga, 2 July 2003

 


Photo: Peter Schink
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Rusted remains of fuel drums at Bamaga, 2 July 2003

In May 2002 the Bamaga Island Council was endeavouring to establish a Historical centre and Chris Foord, CEO of the Bamaga Island Council was seeking information regarding Higgins field, including early photos.


Photo:- Michael Musumeci

Memorial in the township of Bamaga

 


Photo:- Michael Musumeci

Memorial in the township of Bamaga

 


Photo:- Michael Musumeci

Park containing the two memorials in Bamaga

 


Photo:- Michael Musumeci

Gun on display in the same park

 

MILITARY UNITS BASED IN HIGGINS FIELD AREA DURING WW2

1 Repair & Salvage Unit RAAF (1RSU) 16 Jun 1943 to 18 Jun 1944
5 Repair & Salvage Unit RAAF (5RSU) May 1944 to Mar 1945
7 Squadron RAAF 26 Mar 1944 to 26 Oct 1944
23 Squadron RAAF  
33 OBU 13 Oct 1943 to 31 Jul 1946
34 Squadron RAAF mid Oct 1944 to early Nov 1944
No. 52 Radar Station RAAF (Muttee Head) 29 Mar 1943 to 29 Sep 1945
105th Light Field Ambulance  

 

MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES AT HIGGINS FIELD DURING WW2 YEARS

DATE LOCATION SERVICE AIRCRAFT SERIAL NO.
5 May 42 Higgins Field USAAF C-49 (DC-3) #44-83228, 6 killed
1 May 44 Higgins Field RAAF Beaufort A9-336
1 May 44 Higgins Field RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-85
4 May 44 Higgins Field RAAF Vultee Vengeance ?, 2 killed
10 Jun 44 Higgins Field RAAF Beaufort A9-294
13 Jun 44 In the sea in Higgins Field area RAAF Beaufort A9-220
2 Jul 44 near Higgins Field RAAF Beaufort A9-377
22 Aug 44 in the sea, vicinity of Higgins airfield? RAAF Norseman A71-1
abt Apr 45 Jacky Jacky (Higgins) RAAF Boomerang A46-235
10 Oct 45 Higgins Field RAAF Beaufort A9-190

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Michael Musumeci, Dennis Whiley, Daniel Leahy and Peter Schinkel for their assistance with this home page.

I'd also like to thank Ron Moon of Kakirra Adventure Publications, PO Box 1112, Pearcedale, Vic 3912  for their assistance with this home page. Ron has produced an excellent guide book on Cape York (www.guidebooks.com.au).

I'd like to thank Sue Dickinson, the grand daughter of Robert Hamilton Quick of the 13th Garrison Battalion. 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Queensland Airfields WW2 - 50 Years on"
by Roger Marks

 

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