BOHLE RIVER AIRFIELD
NEAR TOWNSVILLE, QLD
Bohle River airfield - 21 July 1943
Now used as a Drag Strip for the Townsville region
View of Bohle River airfield looking towards Townsville
View of Bohle River airfield looking towards
Mount Stuart. The edge of Mount Louisa can be seen
in the top left of the photo. Note all the Mustangs parked along the edge of the runway.
8 Squadron RAAF was reformed on 12 March 1943 at Fairbairn with Australian built Bristol Beauforts prior to moving to Bohle River. 8 Squadron RAAF, a torpedo Bomber squadron, was based at Bohle airfield near Townsville from 31 May 1943 until 23 August 1943 when they moved to Goodenough Island.
The Kittyhawks of 86 Squadron RAAF moved from Gawler to the Townsville area on 6 May 1943. They relocated to Merauke in New Guinea on 5 July 1943. The squadron moved from Merauke back to the Bohle airfield to be disbanded on 26 May 1944. They reformed at Macrossan on 25 June 1944. The squadron moved from Macrossan to the Bohle airfield again on 10 January 1945.
Photo:- Richard Leahy collection via Bob Livingstone
86 Squadron Mustang lined up on the Bohle Airfield
AIRCRAFT CRASHES AT BOHLE RIVE AIRFIELD DURING WW2
|DATE||LOCATION||SERVICE||AIRCRAFT||SERIAL NO. & NOTES|
|22 Aug 42||Bohle River airfield||RAAF||Beaufort||A9-54 (#T9606) "Malay Mascot" of 100 Squadron|
|abt Jan 43||Bohle River area||RAAF||Beaufort||A9-?|
|6 Jul 43||2 miles SW Bohle River airfield||RAAF||Beaufort||A9-264, 4 died|
|10 Jul 43||Bohle River airfield||RAAF||Beaufort||A9-229|
|9 Mar 45||Bohle River airfield||RAAF||P-40M Kittyhawk||A29-335 #43-5652), collided with A29-342 (see below)|
|9 Mar 45||Bohle River airfield||RAAF||P-40M Kittyhawk||A29-342 (#43-5422), collided with A29-335 (see above), 1 killed|
|8 Apr 45||Bohle River airfield||RAAF||P-40N Kittyhawk||A29-446 (#42-104728)|
|19 Mar 45||Bohle River airfield||RAAF||P-40M Kittyhawk||A29-330 (#43-5434)|
|4 Jul 45||Bohle River||RAAF||P-40 Kittyhawk||A29-460 collided with Kittyhawk below|
|4 Jul 45||Garbutt Airfield||RAAF||P-40 Kittyhawk||A29-484 collided with Kittyhawk above|
|7 Jul 45||Bohle River||RAAF||P-51 Mustang||A68-506 (#44-12482)|
|5 Aug 45||Bohle River airfield||RAAF||Mustang||A68-546 (#44-12626)|
|5 Oct 45||3,000 feet above Bohle River Airfield||RAAF||Mustang||A68-549 (#44-12479)|
|16 Oct 45||near Bohle River airfield||RAAF||P-40 N20 Kittyhawk||A29-481 (#42-104703)|
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