ALSO KNOWN AS HOEVET AIRFIELD
Mareeba was also sometimes referred to as Hoevet Field by the Americans after Major Dean Carol "Pinky" Hoevet who was killed on 16 August 1942.
100 Squadron RAAF moved from Richmond to Mareeba on 22 May 1942 and then to Laverton on 2 July 1942.
On 23 October 1942, twelve B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 19th Bomb Group relocated from Mareeba to Townsville.
Bruce Graham told me that the 8th Fighter Group left Milne Bay and arrived at Mareeba in February 1943. They then moved to Port Moresby in New Guinea on 16 May 1943. Another unknown source indicated that the 8th Fighter Group were moved back to Townsville for rest and re-equipment.
5 Squadron RAAF relocated from Kingaroy airfield and arrived at Mareeba airfield in June 1943.
Memorial at Mareeba Airfield
Memorial at Mareeba Airfield
Part of the Memorial
at Mareeba Airfield
Plaque at Mareeba Airfield
Pictures on a wall inside one of the airfield's buildings
Photograph of a plan of the
airfield on display at the airfield
Mareeba airfield 11 July 1943,
showing northern end
of runway and mart of the town of Mareeba (bottom right)
Mareeba airfield 11 July 1943
UNITS BASED AT MAREEBA AIRFIELD DURING WW2
HQ, 1st Battalion, US 94 Coastal Artillery (A-A) Regiment, plus Batteries A (less I Platoon), b, C, I and K.
Australian 33rd Light A-A Battery
MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN MAREEBA AREA DURING WW2
|5 Jun 42||Mareeba||RAAF||Beaufort||A9-50 (T9602)|
|12 Jun 42||Mareeba area||RAAF||Beaufort||A9-56 (T9608)|
|25 Jun 42||Mt. Mulligan, 35 miles NW of Mareeba||RAAF||Beaufort||A9-36 (T9588)|
|26 Aug 42||Mareeba||USAAF||B-17 Flying Fortress||#41-2621 "Daylight Limited"|
|6 Sep 42||Mareeba||USAAF||B-17 Flying Fortress||#41-24428|
|14 Sep 42||Mareeba||USAAF||B-17 Flying Fortress||#41-24391
|5 Nov 42||Mareeba||USAAF||B-17E Flying Fortress||#41-9012|
|16 Nov 42 (1)||Mareeba||USAAF?||B-17F Flying Fortress||#41-24402|
|25 Feb 43||between Cooktown and Mareeba||USAAF||P-400 Airacobra||1st Lt. John R. Casey killed|
|12 Jun 43||near Mareeba||RAAF||Wirraway||A20-289, 2 killed|
|9 Aug 43||Biboohra north of Mareeba||USAAF||P-38 Lightning||?|
|22 Aug 43||Mareeba||RAAF||Wirraway||A20-537, collided with A20-549 (see below)|
|22 Aug 43||Mareeba||RAAF||Wirraway||A20-549, collided with A20-537 (see above)|
|abt Jan 44||Mareeba||RAAF||Boomerang||A46-56|
|abt Apr 44||Mareeba||RAAF||Boomerang||A46-153|
|abt Oct 44||Mareeba||RAAF||Boomerang||A46-202|
|6 Nov 44||Mareeba||RAAF||Wirraway||A20-517|
I'd like to thank David Adams for providing the above aerial photographs. David was a 10 year old living not far from the Mareeba strip at that time in 1942. He had some memories of mainly the B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 19th Bomb Group. He saw the explosion of the Fortress that crashed into the low western hill in the very early hours and did see some come back as they were getting out of school with very large holes in them. David has been involved with of four of the old warbirds at Mareeba airfield.
Butchers & Boomerangs, Mareeba - The History of a WWII Airfield
By Damian Waters
© Peter Dunn 2006
This page first produced 23 April 2003
This page last updated 28 March 2013