NO. 28 INLAND AIRCRAFT FUEL DEPOT (RAAF)
NO. 28 IAFD, GLADSTONE, S.A.
DURING WW2

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In early 1939, the Chief of the Air Staff requested a RAAF committee to investigate the specifications for storage tanks in inland locations to store aviation fuel and oil. They were to be located inland to make them immune to attacks from carrier based aircraft.

The Construction of 19 inland aircraft fuel depots and extensions to 5 existing fuel depots was approved in War Cabinet Minute No. 1963, dated 9 March 1942. These 19 sites would store 20, 760, 000 gallons of aircraft fuel.

Typically each depot had a workforce of 5 personnel as follows:-

The construction work on these depots was substantially completed by October 1943. A total of 31 Inland Aircraft Fuel Depots were in operation by May 1944

TOURIST INFORMATION

The 4 mounds in front of you were fuel tanks (Holding Capacity Approx. ?? million Litres) erected in 1941 for fuel storage that could be readily piped to railway tankers to be distributed as Required. After World War II the large doorways were cut into the tanks and the steel linings removed.

 
Note the large doorway cut into the tank
Note the large doorway cut into the tank
Looking inside the doorway
Looking inside the doorway
The inside of the Fuel Tank
The inside of the Fuel Tank
 
Concrete Building on the site
Concrete Building on the site
Does anyone know what these are?
 
 
 
 
Another doorway cut in the tank
Does anyone know what this is?
A boundary fence at the site

 

REFERENCE

"Units of the Royal Australian Air Force - A Concise History"
Volume 6 - Logistics Units
compiled by the RAAF Historical Section

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Philip Sidney David-Smith for his assistance with this web page.

 

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