BAIRNSDALE REMOTE RECEIVING STATION
AND AMMUNITION BUNKERS
NEAR BAIRNSDALE AIRFIELD
BAIRNSDALE, VIC
DURING WW2

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A Remote Receiving Station Building was built near Bairnsdale Airfield in Victoria during WW2. It was built to Drawing No. 42/43/168 (does anyone have a copy of the drawing?). It is located about 4kms SSW of Bairnsdale Airfield on the western side of Bengworden Road near the intersection with Leathams Road.

A military document dated 2 December 1943 shows details of the utilization of a number of semi-underground buildings including the Bairnsdale Remote Receiving building which was listed as "Completed but not in use". Unlike some other semi-underground buildings (or bunkers) this one at Bairnsdale did not include air conditioning and power plants.


Photo: Dave Jones Sep 2007

Bairnsdale Operation Bunker - I believe this is the Bairnsdale Remote Receiving Station

 


Photo: Dave Jones Sep 2007

Front Entrance to the Bairnsdale Operation Bunker (Remote Receiving Station Bunker)

 


Photo: Dave Jones Sep 2007

Side view of the Bairnsdale Operation Bunker (Remote Receiving Station)

 


Photo: Dave Jones Sep 2007

Close-up side view of the Bairnsdale Operation Bunker (Remote Receiving Station)

 


Photo: Dave Jones Sep 2007

Photo of the Bairnsdale Underground Operations Room (Remote Receiving Station)
in 1982 on
display on a site historical board in the Bairnsdale Airfield terminal

 

A site historical board on Bairnsdale Airfield and surrounds during WW2 is on display at the Bairnsdale Airfield. It indicated that this Underground Operations Room was comparable to the one at Mallacoota. It also indicates that there are remains of WW2 operations in the Moormung Forest west of the Bairnsdale Airfield, and also to the east of Phillip's Lane, Lucknow. And ammunition and bomb dumps located along Humphrys Road and Aerodrome Road (see below).

 


Photo:- Ian Heath 2007

The Northern Ammunition Bunker looking south, located on the Aerodrome Rd about half way
between Humphrey Rd and Comleys Rd near the Netley Road intersection with Aerodrome road.

 


Photo: Dave Jones Sep 2007

Northern Ammunition Bunker

 


Photo:- Ian Heath 2007

Inside the Bairnsdale northern ammunition Bunker

 


Photo:- Ian Heath 2007

Photo from the other end of the northern Ammunition Bunker looking north

 


Photo:- Ian Heath 2007

Bairnsdale northern Ammunition Bunker beside the dirt roadway near Bairnsdale Airfield

 


Photo: Dave Jones Sep 2007

Southern Ammunition Bunker beside Aerodrome Road

 


Photo: Dave Jones Sep 2007

Southern Ammunition Bunker beside Aerodrome Road

 


Photo: Dave Jones Sep 2007

Photo of one of the Ammunition Bunkers on display on a site historical board in the Bairnsdale aerodrome terminal

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Ian Heath and Dave Jones for their assistance with this web page.

 

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