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The following is transcribed from a poster on display at the Caboolture Warplane Museum at Caboolture airfield:-


May 31st, 1947

QUEENSLAND will soon witness the biggest bonfire the Commonwealth has ever known, when the best part of 6,000,000 will go up in smoke at Oakey.

Fuel for the bonfire will consist of 550 Kittyhawks and Spitfire fighter planes, which have outlived their war usefulness.

Present plan is to strip the machines of all useful parts and let the rest go.

One suggestion is that it be held on Guy Fawkes Day, with an all-round charge of 1/- a head for anybody wanting a close-up view.

It would prove a money spinner for the Food for Britain Fund.


Aircraft at Oakey waiting disposal


Did it go ahead?

Did we really burn that many beautiful aircraft?


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