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No 15 Operational Base Unit RAAF was formed at Charleville Airfield, Queensland on 4 March 1943 with 17 personnel under the command of Flight Lieutenant Victor John Bahr (272550).

15 OBU's primary role was to operate and make secure the Charleville airfield and the RAAF Fuel Depot and Store at Glenroy Siding (Glenroy Scour Siding), Charleville. The filling points on the underground fuel storage tanks at the Fuel Depot at Glenroy were completed on 26 August 1943. 15 OBU personnel completed the installation of the twin electric flare path on the airfield runways on 1 June 1944.

Flying Officer Albert Austin Tweeddale (38459) of RAAF Meteorological Service arrived at 15 OBU on 25 April 1943 to carry out meteorological reporting.

Flying Officer Henry William Wheatley (274450) took over as Commanding Officer of 15 OBU on 18 June 1943.

US personnel dismantled four hangars at Charleville airfield from 1 August 1943 to 21 September 1943. Does anyone know where these four hangars went to?

By late December 1943, 15 OBU's numbers had grown to 50 personnel.

Flying Officer Anthony Kingsmill Brook (119531) RAF was killed on 29 January 1944 when he crashed on take-off from Charleville airfield in Boomerang A46-170.

On 21 May 1944, Beaufighter A19-113 crashed after dark on Durrie Station in Queensland. The plane caught on fire and the pilot, navigator and two RAF spitfire pilots who were hitching a ride, baled out. Personnel from 15 OBU at Charleville took part in the search for the missing crew members. They all eventually made it to Durrie station where the alarm was raised by pedal radio.

15 OBU RAAF was disbanded on 15 October 1944.


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"Units of the Royal Australian Air Force, A Concise History"
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