AMMUNITION DUMP (US ARMY)
IN PADDOCK OF OONOONBA ANIMAL HEALTH STATION
OONOONBA, TOWNSVILLE
DURING WW2

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A US Army unit camped in the paddock behind the foremen's house in the Oonoonba Animal Health Station (now called Oonoonba Veterinary Laboratory) at Oonoonba in Townsville. They established an Ammunition Dump in the china apple trees behind the house. The ammunition Dump was there when the Japanese dropped a single 500lbs bomb in the Oonoonba Animal Health Station property resulting in a large crater and a broken coconut tree. 

John Musson was the foreman at the Station and lived in the house with his wife Florence and seven children. One of these children, Joyce Stortenbeker (nee Musson), remembers about four America soldiers jumping into their air raid shelter during the bombing raid. They were extremely worried that the Japanese were about to bomb their nearby Ammunition Dump.

Some American Negro soldiers later camped next to the laboratory at the Oonoonba Animal Health Station.

The 48th Quartermaster Truck Regiment (a Negro unit) also had a camp in the trees behind the nearby Cluden Racetrack. I wonder if they were associated with the group that camped in the paddock at the Oonoonba Animal Health Station?

 

Military Camps/Units at Oonoonba
(previously Fairfield) during WW2

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Fairfield and her Folk 1868 1995"
"Oonoonba State School, 1920 - 1995"
Editor Denyse Bonney

 

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