MILITARY AIRFIELDS
IN AUSTRALIA AND THE WESTERN PACIFIC AREA
DURING WORLD WAR 2

 

At the end of WW2, the Royal Australian Air Force had 317 mainland and regional airfields that it controlled. Within a short period of time the greater majority of these airfields were disposed of. The following existing or potential airfields were retained:-

 

Amberley Butterworth Canberra *
Cocos Island East Sale Momote
Darwin Laverton * Learmonth
Pearce Port Moresby * Richmond
Schofields * Townsville Williamtown

* lower priority sites

NOTE:- The brownish coloured maps that you can view below, are from a map lent to me by Daniel Hultgren. The map is titled as follows:-

WESTERN PACIFIC

PLOTTING MAP

MERCATOR PROJECTION

COMPILED AND DRAWN BY R.A.A.F. CARTOGRAPHIC SECTION

SCALE 130 STAT. MILES to 1 INCH AT 10

NATURAL SCALE 1: 8,236,800

  • AERODROMES

 

E-MAILS FROM VISITORS TO THIS SITE

 

Click on any of the thumbnail pictures below
to see a larger version of the map.

 

Civil Construction Corps

 

Were there as many as 5 Japanese bush airfields
in Australia during WW2?

 

Mobile Naval Operating Air Bases
in Australia and The Western Pacific

 

Demolition of our harbours and airfields

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

Fairbairn
near Canberra

 

 

  

 

QUEENSLAND

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Northern Queensland

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Southern Queensland

Aitkenvale Weir

Albatros Cove
NE of Iron Range
Emergency Anchorage for Flying Boats

Antil Plains

Amberley

Archerfield

Augustus Downs

Balfe's Creek

Barcaldine

Beenleigh

Blackall

Bohle River

Bonnievilla

Bowen

Bowen Flying Boat Base

Breddan

Brunette Downs

Brymaroo Bundaberg Bundaberg
Emergency Alighting Area for Flying Boats
Cairns
(Civil)

Cairns
Flying Boat Base RAAF

Cardwell
Emergency Anchorage for Flying Boats

Camooweal

Canobie Station

Carpentaria Downs

Cecil Plains
or Tipton Airfield

Charleville

Charleville Meatworks ELG

Charleville Racecourse ELG

Charters Towers

Cloncurry

Coen

Colmslie Flying Boat Base, Naval Air Station, Brisbane, US Navy
(Brisbane)
Condamine Cooktown
(Civil)

and Cooktown Mission 

Cooktown
Advanced Flying Boat Base
Coominya Cunnamulla Dunk Island Eagle Farm
Elliot Fanning Flinders Group
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Near Bathurst Bay
Forbes Island
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
NNE of Iron Range

Forks

Gailes

Garbutt

Giru

Gladstone
Flying Boat Base DCA

Goolman

Hamilton Flying Boat Base
(Brisbane)

Higgins Field,
Red Island Point, Red Point (Jacky Jacky or Bamaga)

Horn Island
(Nurapai)

Horn Island
Flying Boat Base RAAF
Inverleigh Iron Range
(Claudie & Gordon)

Jondaryan

Karumba
Flying Boat Base DCA
Kingaroy Kingston
(sometimes called Woodridge)

Lappa Junction

Laura

Leyburn

Loganlea

Longreach

Lowood Lucinda
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Mackay

Mackay
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage

Macrossan

Mareeba

Maryborough

Mary River
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area

Meadowvale

Milgarra station

Mille
near Charleville

Mitchell River Mission

Mt Hedlow

Moreton Bay
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area

Mornington Island
(adjacent to RAAF Radar Station No. 313)

Mount Isa

Mount St. John
(Townsville)
Mount Surprise Mourilyan
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage

Normanton

Oakey Palm Island
US Naval Air Station
Petrie

Powlathunga

Redland Bay Flying Boat Base
(Post WWII)

Reid River

Rockhampton
Connor Park

Rockhampton
Flying Boat Alighting Area

Rodd Harbour
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
SE of Gladstone

Rosewood

Ross River

Runcorn (ELG)

Southport
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area

Strathglass (partly completed at Prairie) Strathpine

Stock Route

Toogoolawah
(now Watts Bridge airfield)

Toowoomba

Torrens Creek

Townsville Flying Boat Base DCA

Upper Ross River
(Kelso Field)

Warrill Creek
(Also known as Warwick Road, Mutdapilly of 10 Mile Swamp)

Waterford

Weipa Mission

Wide Bay
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Winton Winton East

Wivenhoe

Wondoola Station Woodstock
near today's Donnington Airpark
Wrotham Park

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

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Albury Albion Park Allandale Armidale
Ballina
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Bankstown Bargo Bateman Bay
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area

Belfrayden

Blowclear

Botany Bay
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area

Bourke North
Bradley Field Bringelly Broadmeadow
(Civilian airfield)
Broke
Broken Bay
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Broken Hill South Brolgan Buckwoodlands
Bulga Bundidjarie or Bundidgery Burke Burroway or Burreway
Calala Calwalla Camden Castlereagh
Cessnock Clairville
(Later Glen Innes)
Clairville North
(ELG for Clairville)
Cobar
Coffs Harbour Coffs Harbour
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Combaning Coolamon Road
Cootamundra Cordeaux Corowa Copper Ridge
Cudjello Dandaloo Deniliquin Denison
Dry Forest Dubbo Dungog Evans Head
Fish River Fleur Forest Hill
near Wagga
Gidley
Glendon Gobbabaula Goobang East Goulburn
Grong Grong Road
(satellite field near Narrandera)
Guyra Hexham ELG Hopefield
Hotham Hoxton Park
(20 miles west Bankstown)
Iowa Jervis Bay
Jervis Bay
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Jones Junee Road Kendalls
Lake Albert
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
near Wagga
Lake Cargellico
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Lake Coolah Lake Victoria
Leetham Field Lithgow Lord Howe Island
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area DCA
Maclean
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Macleay River
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Marsden Park
Also known as Berkshire Park
Mascot Menangle
Millthorpe Minore Mittagong Mogriguy
Moroco Moruya Moruya
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Moss Vale
Mount Colah Mudgee Mt Druitt Nabiac
Narrandera Narromine Nepean Dam, Penrith
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Newcastle
Newcastle
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
North Bourke Nowra Orange
Parkes Piggot Pitt Town
now Airstrip Rd, Pitt Town
Pokolbin
Port Kembla
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Port Macquarie
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Port Stephens
Flying Boat Emergence Alighting Area DCA
Pucawan
Raglan Rathmines Flying Boat Base RAAF Ravenswood Richmond
Ringwood Rose Bay Flying Boat Base DCA Roto Schofields
Scone Shoalhaven River
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Spring Creek Reservoir (Orange)
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
St. Georges Basin
Flying Boat Base
near Jervis Bay
Strowan Stud Park Tamworth Temora
The Oaks Tichbourne Timbrebongie Tocumwal
"McIntyre Field"
Tootool Trangie Trescowthick Triamble
(Wing V?)
Tuggerah Twofold Bay
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Uranquinty Vineyards
Wagga Road Wagga Wagga Wait O While Wallgrove
(near Doonside)
Wandook Wangonilla or Wanganelle Warbreccan Warkworth
Wellingrove Wentworth Williamtown Woodlands
Woy Woy
(Satellite of Schofields)
Yanga Lake
Flying Boat Base Emergency Alighting Area
Balranald
Yarragundry Youngs Road

 

NORTHERN TERRITORY

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Fighter Guide Map No. 1 b
Darwin Area
This is a large file

Adelaide River E.L.G.

Adelaide River No. 3 (Brooks)

Alice Springs
(Town Site Airfield)

Allchin
95 mile peg

Arnhem Bay
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage

Austin
Snake Bay, Melville Island

Barton
9.5 miles south of Birdum
Planned but not built

Batchelor

Bathurst Island

Berry Springs?

Birdum

Blanchard
3.5 miles south of Birdum
Planned but not built

Blyth No. 1 E.L.G.

Brooks
1 mile east of Adelaide River

Brunette Downs

Coomalie Creek

Cape Fourcroy Cridland
5 miles north of Larrimah
Planned but not built
Originally named Vaughan
Cuming
20.6 miles south of Daly Waters
Planned but not built
 
Daly Waters
Darwin (RAAF) Darwin Flying Boat Base DCA Darwin Civil airfield at Parap Dobbs
18 miles south of Mataranka
Originally named Towers
Doctor's Gully
(Darwin - Flying Boat Base)
East Arm Flying Boat Base Faull
4 miles NW of Mataranka
Originally named Dale
Fenton
(Brock's Creek)
Fielder
5.6 miles south of Daly Waters
Planned but not built
Fish
7 miles SW of Katherine
Planned but not built
Originally name Ronald
Fraser
A proposed medium bomber airfield east of 41 mile peg between highway and Manton River
George Yard ELG
(Landing Ground No. 341)
Gill Creek ELG
(Landing Ground No. 337)
2 miles north of 112 mile turn-off
originally called Chaffin
Gove Gorrie Gould
(near Batchelor)
Groote Eylandt
Flying Boat Harbour
Hodge
4.5 miles east of Katherine
Planned but not built
Hughes
32 Mile Field near Noonaman
Katherine
Koolpinyah H.S. E.L.G. Limestone ELG
(Landing Ground No. 414)
Livingstone
34 Mile Field
- near Humpty Doo
Long
Originally called Ellison
Manbulloo Maranboy E.L.G. Mataranka Mathison ELG
(Landing Ground No. 343)
McAlister
10.2 miles NW of Mataranka
McDonald
9 miles NW of Pine Creek
originally called Burkholder
Melville Bay airfield Melville Bay Flying Boat Base
(Watson's Bay)
Miller
4 miles south of Mataranka
Millingimbi Millingimbi Island
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Miners
7 Miles south of Mataranka
Originally named Knox
Mitchell
8 miles south of Mataranka
Namola
3.4 miles NW of Maranboy Siding
Planned but not built
Nelly Waterhole ELG
(Landing Ground No. 414)
O'Connor's Field
(Howard Island)
Oenpelli E.L.G.
near Alligator River
Payne
7 miles NE of Adelaide River
Pell
(65 Mile)
Pine Creek
Port Keats Reynolds No. 4 E.L.G. Riding
36 mile peg, south of Livingstone. Only partially built.
Sattler
(20 Mile)
Sauber
11 miles SE of Adelaide River
Seven Mile Airfield
Alice Springs
Snake Bay airfield
Melville Island
Strauss
(27 Mile)

Taylor
4.5 miles east of Birdum
Planned but not built

Tennant Creek Tindal
Originally known as
Carson's Field
Tipperary No. 9 E.L.G.

Tyler
6.4 miles north of Daly Waters
Planned but not built
Originally named Turnbull

Vaughan Springs
Civil Relief Landing Ground
Venn
originally Wilson Airfield

(south east of Katherine)
Victoria River
Civil Relief Landing Ground

Willing
Originally called Adams

Woolyanna No. 8 B E.L.G.    

 

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Another Military map of the Northern Territory
showing various military establishments

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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Beachport
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage

Blanche Port
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage

Calomba

Ceduna

Coolwa
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage

Gawler

Kingscote
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage

Lower Light

Mallala Mt. Gambier Murat Bay
Flying Boat Advanced Base
Ceduna
Myponga
Oodnadatta Parafield Port Adelaide (Outer Harbour)
USN Flying Boat Base
Port Adelaide
Flying Boat Advanced Base RAAF
  Port Douglas
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Port Eyre
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Port Lincoln
Flying Boat Harbour
Port Pirie
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Saints Tintinara Venus Harbour
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Virginia Relief Landing Ground
near Parafield
Wallaroo
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Waterloo Bay
Flying Boat Harbour
 

 

TASMANIA AND BASS STRAIT ISLANDS

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Auburn
(Surveyed only)
Cambridge

Currie or Curry

Hobart
Flying Boat Advanced Base
Launceston
Flying Boat Advanced Base
Longford Nile
Relief Landing Ground 7.5miles south of Western Junction
Pats River

Quorn Hall

Tunbridge

Valley Field
(or Valleyfields)

Western Junction
(now Launceston civil airfield)

 

VICTORIA

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Ararat

Bacchus Marsh
Satellite for Laverton

Bairnsdale Ballarat
Benalla

Carrum

Craigeburn Cressy
Deakin

Devenish

Dutson East Sale
East Stratford

Essendon

Exford
(Dispersal Field for Laverton)
Fishermen's Bend
Flynn's Creek

Geelong
Flying Boat Harbour

Gifford Gladstone Park
Satellite for Essendon
Glengarry

Goorambat

Greenhills
(Packenham)
Hann's Inlet
Flying Boat Harbour
Heath Hill

Keilor
Satellite for Essendon

Lake Boga Flying Boat Repair Depot Lake Victoria
Lara

Laverton

Mallacoota Mallacoota Inlet
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area

Mangalore West

Maryvale

Metung
Flying Boat Advanced Base
Mokoan
Monomeith Park
(Koo-wee-rup)

Mildura

Mordialloc
(VAOC emergency landing strip)
Murchison East
Nambrok

Nhill

Oaklands
Satellite for Essendon
Point Cook
Point Cook
Flying Boat Base

Port Albert
Flying Boat Harbour

Portland
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Rothwell
Somerton
Satellite for Essendon

Swan Hill

Truganina
(Dispersal Field fo r Laverton)
Warrnambool
Welshpool
Flying Boat Harbour

Wentworth

Werribee Werribee II
West Sale

Williamstown
Flying Boat Alighting Area

Wooloomanata Yanakie
(Wilson's Promontory)
Yelta      

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Southern half

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Northern half

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Far northern section

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North west section

Ajana
Satellite for Geraldton
Albany Albany
Flying Boat Base
Anna Plains
(US controlled)
Beverley
Satellite for Middle Swan
Bindoon
Satellite for Middle Swan
Broome Broome
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Bunbury Bunbury
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Busselton Campbell
Argyle Downs Station
Cape Leveque Carnarvon Carnarvon
Flying Boat Advanced Base
Cocos Island
Flying Boat Alighting Area
Corunna Downs Cue Crawley
or Advance Base "A" Pelican Point near Perth
(US Navy Flying boats)
Cunderdin No. 1 and Cunderdin No. 2
Derby Derby
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Dowerin South Drysdale Mission
Esperance
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Exmouth Gulf
Advance Base "D" for Dog
(US Navy Flying Boats)
Exmouth Gulf No. 2 Forrest
Georgina
(Satellite field for Geraldton)
Geraldton
Advance Base "B" for Baker
(US Navy Flying Boats)
Geraldton
Flying Boat Base RAAF
Gin Gin North
Satellite for Middle Swan
Goomalling Guildford
(
Now Perth Airport)
Heron Haven
Advance Base "E" for Easy

(US Navy Flying Boats)
Hillman
Kalgoorlie Kojarina Kununoppin
or Kunnunoppin
Learmonth
(Exmouth in the
Potshot area)
Maylands Meckering
Satellite for Pearce
Meekatharra Merredin ELG
Middle Swan
(Caversham)
Minderoo Mooliabeenee
or Moolia Beenie
Satellite for Middle Swan
Moora
Muchea East
Satellite for Pearce
Narrogin East Narrogin West Nilli Bubbaca
Noonkanbah
(Near Fitzroy Crossing)
North West Cape Onslow Pearce
Peel Inlet
Flying Boat Emergency Anchorage
Perth Perth
Flying Boat Base
Crawley - Pelican Point
Pinjarra North
Port George
Flying Boat Advanced Base
Port Hedland
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Rockwell Roebourne
Shark Bay
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Tenindewa Three Springs Truscott
Upper Swan
Satellite for Guildford
Wagin Walkaway Wilson Inlet
Flying Boat Emergency Alighting Area
Wonnerup Wyndham Wyndham
Flying Boat Harbour
Yalgoo
Yampi Sound
(Flying Boats)
Yanrey Yulleroo  

 

AUSTRALIAN TERRITORIES

Norfolk Island      

 

 

REST OF THE WESTERN PACIFIC AREA

 

NEW HEBRIDES (Now Vanuatu)

Port Vila
(RAAF Catalina base)

 

ESPIRITU SANTO

Bomber III Ob Ratard Plantation
(in the south) - for light a/c
Pekoa
(also the present-day strip)
Peleula Bay
(in the south-east, now overgrown with jungle)
Turtle Bay

 

 

EFATE

Bauerfield
(west side)
Havannah Harbour
(west side)

Quoin Hill
(south east) - USMC fighter strip

The above airfields are mentioned in the book
"The Lady and the President"

"The Life and Loss of the President Coolidge"

by Peter Stone

 

AUSTRALIAN NEW GUINEA

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Aitape Alexishafen Boram But
Dagua Dumpu Finschhafen Gauka
Hopoi Kaiapit Lae Madang
Marilinan Nadzab Nubia Saidor
Salamaua Tadji Tsili Tsili Wewak

 

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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Berry (was Bamana,  Port Moresby) (USAAF) Dobadura

5 airfields

Durand (12 miles north of Port Moresby -  USAAF) (was Waigani) Jackson Field (was 7 mile Field - 7 miles north of Port Moresby RAAF)
Gurney Flying Boat Base Kila Kila (RAAF) (3 miles east of Port Moresby) Milne Bay

- Gurney
- plus 2 others airfields

Port Moresby flying boat base
Rogers Field (was Varona, Port Moresby) (USAAF) Schwimmer (USAAF) (was Laloki,  9 miles NE of Port Moresby) Turnbull Wards (Port Moresby) (RAAF)

 

DUTCH NEW GUINEA

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Babo Cyclops Fakfak
(Flying Boats)
Hollandia
Jefman Kamiri
(Noemfoor Island)
Manokwari Mar
Merauke Middleburg Mokmer
(Biak Island)
Moemi
Mongosah Mumi Nabire Namber
(Noemfoor Island)
Otawiri Ransiki Sagan Samate
(or Semate)
Sentani Sorong Timoeka
(or Timuka)
Utarom
Wakde Island      

 

SOLOMON ISLANDS

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Ballalei
(or Ballalle)
Bokokoma Bonis Buka Passage
Henderson Field
(Guadalcanal)
Kahili Kara Kieta
Munda Point
(or Munda)
Ondonga Russell Island Segi Point
Stirling Torokina Vila  

Photographs of Airfields and Aircraft Wreckage
in the Solomon Islands

 

GOODENOUGH ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Vivigani

TROBRIAND ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Kiriwina         Sia

WOODLARK ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Guasopa

 

 

NEW BRITAIN

Click to go to Map

Arawe  

Cape Gloucester

Cape Hoskins

Gasmata

Green Island

Jacquinot Bay

 

Lakunai

Namatanai Rabaul
(4 airfields)
Talasea
Vunakanau      

 

NEW IRELAND

Click to go to Map

Borpop Kavieng

 

ST. MATTHIAS GROUP

Click to go to Map

Emirau

 

 

ADMIRALTY ISLANDS

Click to go to Map

Lorengau

Mokerang             Momote

Pityilu
(Satellite airfield to Ponam - US Navy)

Ponam
(US Navy Airstrip)

 

CERAM

Click to go to Map

Ambon

Amahai

Boela (or Bula)

Haroekoe
(or Haruku)

Laha

Liang

Namlea  

 

TANIMBAR ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Selaroe (or Selaru)

TAJANDOE ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Eaan        Doeroa

Langgoer (or Langgur)

TRANGAN ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Doka Barat        Trangan

MOLUCCA ISLANDS

Click to go to Map

Oba          Galela

Kau         Laboera         Mit       Pitu

Ternate (Flying Boats)               Wama

 

 

CELEBES

Click to go to Map

Ambesia Baroe Bingkalapa Boeloedowang
Gorontalo
(Flying boats)
Kendari Langoan Limboeng
(or Limbung)
Macassar
(Flying boats)
Mandai Menado Paloe
Pare Pare Pomelaa    

 

TIMOR

Click to go to Map

Atambua Cape Chater
(Flying boats)
Cape Lore Dilli
Fuiloro Lautem Nembrala
(Roti Island)
Penfoei (or Penfui)

 

FLORES ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Maoe Mere (or Maumere)     Reo

SOEMBA ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Waikalo     Waingapoe (or Waingapu)

Melolo

 

SOEMBAWA ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Bima            Soembawa Besar

LOMBOK ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Rambang

BALI ISLAND

Click to go to Map

Den Pasar

 

JAVA

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Andir Banjoewangi Crissee
(or Grissee)
Djokjakarta
Kalibanteng Kalidjati Kemajoran Madioen
Malang Pasirian Perak Soerakarta
Tjillitan Wonosari Wonsari  

 

BORNEO

Click to go to Map

Asa Jesselton Keningau Kotawaringin
Kuching Kudat Labuan Manggar
Melak Miri Oelin Pontianak
Ranau Samarinda
(2 airfields)
Sandakan Sepinggang
Tabanio Tarakan Ulin  

 

SUMATRA?

Click to go to Map

Benkoelen Mana Muntok Padang
Pakanbaroe Palembang
(3 strips)
   

 

PHILIPPINE ISLANDS

Clark Field Davao
(Mindanao)
Dulag Lingayen Gulf
(Flying boats)
Manila
(Flying Boats)
Ormoc San Jose Tacloban

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Phil Vabre, Bob Livingstone and Dennis Whiley for their assistance with this home page.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

"Queensland Airfields WW2 - 50 Years On"
By Roger R. Marks

"Named Airfields of the North-western Command RAAF 1939 - 1945"
by Walter J. Venn

"Flying Boat Bases and Alighting Areas Australia"
by Headquarters Royal Australian Air Force, June 1943

 

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