89TH STATION HOSPITAL
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

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Vito Dilluvio was a  U.S. Medical officer in the 89th Station Hospital at Torrens Creek about 255 kms south west of Townsville, Queensland, Australia in WWII. Vito met his future wife Mary Keane of 10 North Echlin Street, West End, Townsville, who was working at the Alma Den on Magnetic Island near Townsville. Their son Bill Dilluvio was born in Townsville before the family moved back to the States shortly after the war finished.

Ken Johnson's family lived in Torrens Creek during WWII and one of his elderly relatives remembers the hospital and Doctor Dilluvio treating local patients, although he did not remember the doctor's name. The hospital was located a short distance from the Torrens Creek cemetery. Ken Johnson was about three years old when Dr Dilluvio had a look at him when he wasn't very well.

Ken Johnson's grandmother did the washing for the doctor because he can remember the doctor's batman arriving in a jeep with the clothes and when he picked the clothes up he always brought some lollies.This was important to a kid so he has never forgotten these times as lollies were strictly rationed (if they were indeed available in the town shop at all). The American troops always had them. Ken Johnson does remember the doctor's name as Dilluvio. Ken also remembers all the aircraft and soldiers that were in the township.

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Unidentified medical staff outside Headquarters of the 89th Station Hospital December 1942

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Unknown servicemen outside the Medical Supply building

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Unknown Medical officer outside Headquarters 89th Station Hospital

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Another unknown Medical officer outside Headquarters 89th Station Hospital in Torrens Creek

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

89th Station Hospital at Torrens Creek in November 1944

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Temporary Hospital building of 89th Station Hospital September
1945. Vito Dilluvio is at front right side of the photo

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Temporary Hospital building of 89th Station Hospital in September
1945. Vito Dilluvio is at front right side of the photo

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Captain Vito Dilluvio of the 89th Station Hospital on the left

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Vito Dilluvio and possibly his tent buddies
from October 1943 until February 1944

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Staff and patients at the 89th Station Hospital on Christmas Day 1945

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Aircraft and hangars at No. 2 Air Depot, Townsville

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

B-25 Mitchell bombers at No. 2 Air Depot, Townsville

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Unknown serviceman in front of B-25 Mitchell bombers at No. 2 Air Depot, Townsville

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Nose Art on a B-25 Mitchell at No. 2 Air Depot, Townsville

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

C-47 or variant at No. 2 Air Depot, Townsville

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

B-24J-50-CO Liberator #42-73472 "Wolf" of the 403rd Bomb Squadron of the
43rd Bombardment Group possibly at No. 2 Air Depot, Townsville

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Mary Keane and Vito Dilluvio on Magnetic Island in
May 1945. Possibly on their honeymoon.

 

Vito Dilluvio met Mary Keane in Townsville. Mary lived at Number 10 North Echlin Street with her parents John James Keane and Lillian Corrie Keane. Mary had a brother John "Jack" Keane, an Australian Infantryman in the 31/51st Battalion, who was killed in in action on Bougainville Island during the battalion's advance along the north east coast of Bougainville on 14 February 1945. He is buried in the Torokina War Cemetery.

 


AWM Photo ID No. P06188.001

Private John Stephen Keane (Q32874), brother of Mary Keane

 


Photo:- Vito Dilluvio of 89th Station Hospital

Alma Den on Magnetic Island where Mary Keane and Vito Dilluvio stayed for their honeymoon in May 1945.

 

Can anyone please advise the exact
location in Torrens Creek of the 89th Station Hospital during WWII?

 

The 89th Station Hospital took over the Black River Hospital near Townsville after it was vacated by the 44th General Hospital in October 1944.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Bill Dilluvio for his assistance with this web page. His father Vito Dilluvio was a  U.S. Medical officer in the 89th Station Hospital.

I'd also like to thank Flo Johnson for her assistance with this web page.

 

 

 

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