LEARMONTH AIRFIELD, WA
(In the Exmouth Gulf area which was also known as Potshot)
Location of some WA airfields
Learmonth airfield, located near Exmouth in Western Australia, was named after Charles Learmonth who was killed in the crash of a Beaufort bomber on 6 January 1944. His aircraft plunged into the sea during a training flight between Pearce and Rottnest. Potshot was the code name given to the Exmouth Gulf area during World War 2.
|No 76 Operational Base Unit, Potshot, March 1944. Kittyhawk.|
|No 76 Operational Base Unit, Potshot, March 1944. Base.|
|No 31 Squadron, Coomalie, March 1944. Beaufighter at Potshot.|
Military Units based at Learmonth during WW2
Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2000 08:34:07 +1100
From: "gshardy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Having spent a fair bit of time at RAAF Learmonth, first with 5ACS in 1973. Then with the ARMY. last time there would have been about 1996. In 73 we stayed in old buildings near the weather station about a mile from the main gate of the base. They were the WW2 buildings.
The Pot shot INN at Exmouth is so named because the Japs took shots at it during the war. Learmonth is about 20 miles south of Exmouth. So got a bit confused when you stated that Learmonth was formerly Potshot. I hope this info is of some help to you. Did you get my Email about the Avro Anson W2020.
Can anyone help me with more information?
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