BULIMBA ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN SITE
QUAY STREET, BULIMBA, BRISBANE, QLD
Dennis Burchill describes the establishment of the Bulimba Anti-aircraft gun site as follows in his April 2004 "Wartime Memories of Bulimba":-
"On Bulimba Point at the end of Quay Street, the U.S. Army set up an anti- aircraft battery to protect the Newstead Wharf. There were two gun pits linked by a trench. The guns were a heavy type of machine gun and were water-cooled. The gun crew took over the downstairs section of Harry Kay’s house while he lived upstairs. The guns were where the sailing club stands today. Harry Kay's house is still there , next door to the skiff club."
This gun site was initially established by the 94th Coast Artillery (AA) Regiment, 40th Anti-aircraft Brigade for their .50" calibre anti-aircraft machine guns. They established four pits (not two) for their .30" calibre water cooled machine guns.
The gun site was also later used by the 114 Light Anti-aircraft Regiment. They also had another gun site directly across the other side of the Brisbane River in Newstead Park. They lived in tent accommodation. I believe the Gun Sergeant was Murray Williams and the Bombardier was John Corby.
I'd like to thank Dennis Burchill and Russell Miller for their assistance with this web page.
Can anyone help me with more information?
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