CAMDEN OPERATIONS BUILDING BUNKER
CAMDEN, NSW, DURING WWII

 

The Camden Operations Building is located on the side of the hill that leads to the small creek on the southern side of the Camden airfield. It is quite large inside, with large access doors at the eastern end. There are two vertical shafts that lead to the top of the hill.

The Wireless Telegraphy W/T Transmitting Building Bunker that provided wireless communications for the Camden Operations Building Bunker was located south of the Camden Airfield.

On 5 October 2005, Geoff Russell told me that the large bunker at Camden airfield was of a similar design to the Lowood Operations bunker at Mount Tarampa. Geoff first went inside the Camden bunker in the mid 1970's, and revisited it in about 1985.

Geoff originally climbed down the steel ladder of one of the two vertical shafts to gain access. Inside were long tables like parachute rigging tables but he said they could have been for any purpose. The bunker is set into the side of the hill and has a curved roof, and last time Geoff was there it had a wide path leading to it. During Geoff's stay there as an Air Training Corps cadet, they also found the remains of some wood reinforced trenches on a rise on the western side of the airfield.

Greg Stone told me on 1 June 2001 that the Camden bunker was renovated by the the Air Training Corps (ATC) back in the 1960's for use as a small bore rifle range, probably using a .303 rifle with with a .22" Morris tube. Greg advised that the ATC also used an old hut on the site for accommodation for week end general service camps

Ray Green told me on 16 September 2013 that many years ago as an ATC cadet he attended a couple of ATC cadet camps at the Camden airfield. They used to go across the road trudge through some bush and then force a door open and use the big concrete tunnel as a .22' rifle range. Ray told me that the complex was quite large and on the side of a hill.  They also rappelled down over the side of the bunker.  It was fairly long and curved.  They were not allowed to go any further in than the first 'room' but some of the other cadets did go in. 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Simon Webster, Geoff Russell, Greg Stone and Ray Green for their assistance with this web page.

 

 

 

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