US AND DUTCH AIRCRAFT THAT
ARRIVED IN AUSTRALIA BY SHIP
DURING WWII

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This list below is far from complete. It is based on the limited available information on this topic. I would like to hear from you if you can help me to add new entries. Please provide your sources as well. See my e-mail at the bottom of the web page.

 

Date Ship Arrived Aircraft delivered
22 Dec 41 USAT Meigs Brisbane 18 x P-40E Warhawks
22 Dec 41 USAT Holbrook Brisbane 52 x A-24
13 Jan 42 President Polk Brisbane 55 x P-40E Warhawks, 4 x C-53s
25 Jan 42 Mormac Sun Brisbane 67 x P-40E Warhawks, 1 C-53
2 Feb 42 Mariposa Melbourne 19 x P-40E Warhawks (14 trucked to Geelong, 5 forwarded to SS Bolbrook). 19 P-39D Airacobras also arrived with this Convoy No. 2013 but unsure which ship they were on.
2 Feb 42 Coolidge Melbourne 32 x P-40Es (all forwarded to SS Holbrook). 19 P-39D Airacobras also arrived with this Convoy No. 2013 but unsure which ship they were on.
4 Feb 42 Hammonds Port Melbourne 111 x P-40Es (3 diverted to Philippines), 10 x O-47s
20 Feb 42 Mormac Star Geelong 23 x P-40E (pairs of wings), 54 x P-400s (50 forwarded to Athene), 13 x P-39F Airacobras
25 Feb 42 Hawaiian Merchant Brisbane 1 x P-40E Warhawk, 38 P-400 Airacobras, 8 x P-39D Airacobras, 12 P-39F Airacobras, 15 x A-24s
1 Mar 42 Meriweather Lewis Brisbane 31 x P-39F Airacobras (All forwarded to New Zealand)
3 Mar 42 SS Cape Alava Brisbane 1 x P-40E Warhawk plus 3 fuselages for wings arriving on Mormac Star on 20 Feb 42
5 Mar 42 Torrens Brisbane 40 x P-400 Airacobras, 30 x P-40E Warhawks, 3 x A-20A Havocs
6 Mar 42 Athene Melbourne 10 x P-400 Airacobras (trucked to Geelong), 40 x P-400 Airacobras (forwarded to Noumea)
8 Mar 42 Mormac Sea Brisbane 54 x P-39D Airacobras, 3 x P-40E Warhawks (fuselages only)
8 Mar 42 Crown City Brisbane 20 x P-400 Airacobras, 3 x P-39 Airacobras
9 Mar 42 SS Robert Tuxford Melbourne 19 x P-40E Warhawks
19 Mar 42 Robin (or Robert) Tuxford Melbourne 19 x P-40E Warhawks (trucked to Fremantle)
21 Mar 42 William Clark Brisbane 15 x P-400 Airacobras, 25 x P-39F Airacobras (all forwarded to New Zealand)
30 Mar 42 SS Goonawarra Melbourne 10 x P-40E Warhawks
Mar 42 Sloterdijk Fremantle 7 x CW-22B Curtis Falcons (diverted from Java)
Mar 42 Tjibesar Fremantle 14 x CW-22B Curtis Falcons (diverted from Java)
3 Apr 42 SS Bantam ? 10 x P-40E-1 Warhawks
7 Apr 42 SS Mirrabooka Melbourne 10 x P-40E Warhawks
8 Apr 42 SS Andrea Luckenhack (or Luckenback) Melbourne 2 x C-47 Dakotas, 3 x C-39, 2 x P-40E Warhawks
Jul 42 Rufus King Brisbane 25 x B-25 Mitchells (ship sank near Moreton Bay)
15 Aug 42 SS Stephen Field Brisbane 45 x P-39 Airacobras - erected at Amberley
23 Oct 42 SS Hoperidge ? ? Spitfires
? Mapia Fremantle 4 x Brewster Buffalos
? Zaandam Fremantle 5 x Brewster Buffalos (crated)
? Sloterdijk Fremantle 10 x Brewster Buffalos
? Tabian Fremantle 3 x Brewster Buffalos
? Tjibesar Fremantle 4 x Brewster Buffalos
27 Jun 43 USS Nassau Brisbane 100 x P-47 Thunderbolts, 45 P-38 Lightnings
21 Jul 43 USS Barnes Brisbane 36 x P-38 Lightnings, 15 x P-47 Thunderbolts,
26 Sep 43 USS Copahee Townsville 45 x A-20 Havocs, 2 x P-47 Thunderbolts, 8 x P-40 Warhawks
1 Jan 44 USS Copahee Brisbane 40 x A-20 Havocs, 7 x P-47 Thunderbolts
16 Jan 44 USS Fanshaw Bay Townsville ? x P-38 Lightnings
7 Mar 44 USS Prince William Townsville 17 x P-38 Lightnings, 17 x A-20-6 Havocs, 3 x P-61-A Black Widows, 15 P-47-D Thunderbolts
11 Mar 44 USS Copahee Brisbane 47 x P-38 Lightnings, 13 P-47 Thunderbolts
7 May 44 USS Prince William Townsville 17 x P-38-5 Lightnings, 16 x A-20-6 Havocs, 3 P-61-A Black Widows, 15 P-47-D Thunderbolts
  Horace Luckenbach ? 9 x A29 (Hudson), 8 x P-40 Warhawks
? Meriweather Lewis ? 31 x P-39F Airacobras

 


NARA photo via Ray Holyoak

P-38G Lightning minus wings and propellers towed down Boundary Rd, Townsville past
the National Hotel, then across Sandy Crossing to the Townsville Air Depot on 8 Jan 1943.
P-38G #43-2196 of 9FS, 49FG crashed on engine failure after takeoff in New Guinea on 10 Oct 1943
 


NARA Photo via Ray Holyoak

Over Sandy Crossing near Queens Rd on 8 Jan 1943

 

P-47 Thunderbolt ready to be unloaded from the escort carrier
 USS Prince William in Townsville Harbour 7-8 May 1944

 

Aircraft Erection Depot Townsville

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"South Pacific Air War - Volume 2 - The Struggle for Moresby, March - April 1942"
by Michael Claringbould and Peter Ingman

"NEI Aircraft in Australia"
by Jos Heyman

"Racing the Sunrise: The Reinforcements of America's Pacific Outposts, 1941-1942"
by Glen M. Williford

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Gordon Birkett for his assistance with this web page.

 

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