SOUTH TOWNSVILLE STATE SCHOOL
USED BY THE 208TH ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTALION, US ARMY
DURING WW2

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On 31 August 1942 Battery "H" of the US Army Anti-aircraft 208 CA AA CNG departed the South Townsville State School after camping there since March 1942. 

 

South Townsville State School - November 2003

 

South Townsville State School - November 2003

 

3" AA guns of the 208 CA AA CNG
with Castle Hill in the background

 

I'm not sure whether the above guns were located at the South Townsville State School or elsewhere. The photo below is taken from the corner of the school nearest to Castle Hill. While the shape of Castle Hill looks similar, it is not 100% clear that these are the guns at the school. Can anyone confirm at all?

 

Photograph of Castle Hill from the corner of the school grounds - November 2003

 

Plaque donated by the 208th AA Battalion mounted on a wall in the school grounds

 

The 208th AA Battalion donated a plaque to the South Townsville State School dedicated to the people of South Townsville. It is located on a wall in a garden surrounding in the school grounds. The annual Anzac Day parade is held in this area.

 

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Close-up of the plaque

 

Ross Island State School World War One Honour Roll and the colour
flag of Battery "H" of the US Army Anti-aircraft 208 CA AA CNG located
in one of the school rooms at the South Townsville State School

 

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Colour patch for Battery "H", 208th CA AA CNG

 

Where did the 208th go to after leaving the South Townsville State School?

 

BOOK REFERENCES

"Diary of WWII North Queensland"
by Peter Nielsen

 

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