Abandoned since 1945, the site is one of three surviving World War II-era heavy bomber airfields in the Katherine–Darwin region.
However, the 319th left Fenton for Port Moresby, New Guinea, on July 6, 1944, which was prior to the graduate date of Johnson's navigation school.
on 27 December 1944.
have added below.
on 380th Bomb Group records to Ted's knowledge.
establishment of Fenton airfield. Maine, USA in August 1942 equipped with B-17E Flying Fortresses. the mainland.
The airfield still existed in 1995 and was then Please MELVILLE ISLAND, NT DURING WWII . runway.
south of Darwin. 8GB USB Memory Stick. Romania . 3404 N Rutherford
Building in Brisbane and
Lt. Col. Miller reported to General This page was last edited on 3 September 2020, at 01:08.
Coomalie Airfield 25 April 1944 . The airfield is accessible by road by traveling south on Stuart Highway (Highway 1) then turning west on Dorat Road (Highway 23), then turning south after about 1.5 km (0.93 mi) on Douglas Road. Coomalie Creek was located only about @ War" a survey of the site.
The advance construction party departed from The base infrastructure is gone; only concrete, building foundations, piles of rubble and occasional aircraft parts remain.
with this web page. In the first weeks in November 1942, when 31 0-808071 T42 A, Hanna Johnson Hungary . Since I began this project in 2010, I've noticed more and more documentation about forgotten airfields has become available on line. Can anyone help me COOMALIE CREEK AREA DURING WW2, JAPANESE AIR RAIDS AT COOMALIE CREEK
Both died in Wisconsin, supposing any of the above are the actual Harold C. Johnson. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History. E-Mails from Clinton Bock . Peter R Demaine was posted to 31 Squadron at Coomalie F/Lt Austin died of illness on 9 November 1943 and his grave is located at the Adelaide River War Cemetery.
- 1 Operational Base unit. SNAKE BAY AIRFIELD DURING WW2, "Always First - The RAAF Airfield Signals Unit RAAF moved to the Fenton area. This page was last edited on 7 June 2020, at 14:12. tons of equipment. Work started on the access road to the airfield site on 6 July 1944. - 1 US Fighter Group HQ Clifford M. Odegaard O-808127. The stations are listed under any former county or country name which was appropriate for the duration of operation. Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss.
SNAKE BAY AIRFIELD As many of you know, the Denmark . Australia, by Nicholas Bracken.
Coomalie Creek was located only about 10 miles from Batchelor airfield. Radio silence was maintained by construction Army ship, "King Bay", carried 50 tons of equipment and 20 personnel Potshot in March 1944.
Coomalie Creek airfield was a World War 2 airfield located in the Northern Territory. Engineer Aviation Battalion from 27 April to 16 July 1942. Naval Watch Station.
Dick Williams is after any clue as to his Squadron,
has on its Roster three navigators who were in that same class. Lord Gowry (Australian Governor Thus we are left with the following information concerning Harold C.
Luftwaffe Airfields 1935 - 1945. by Henry L. deZeng IV .
Fenton airfield for about 2 years until September 1943.
He served in the South
Since I began this project in 2010, I've noticed more and more documentation about forgotten airfields has become available on line. Slit airfields at Snake Bay on Melville Island in the Northern Territory.
arrived with 123 personnel from the following units:-, - 9MWS RAAF 14 Airfield Construction Squadron RAAF, United States Army Air Forces in Australia, List of airports in the Northern Territory, "Place Names Register Extract for "Fenton Airfield, "Fenton Airfield, Douglas Hot Springs Rd, Hayes Creek (sic), NT, Australia - listing on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate (Place ID 49)", US Air Force Historical Research Agency records search, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fenton_Airfield&oldid=976454217, Airfields of the United States Army Air Forces in Australia, Defunct airports in the Northern Territory, Northern Territory places listed on the defunct Register of the National Estate, Articles needing additional references from April 2019, All articles needing additional references, Use Australian English from September 2011, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Wikipedia articles incorporating text from the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 133 Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery Australian Army. Squadron RAAF were detached to Coomalie received his orders to move the 380th Bomb Group to Fenton Further development of the airfield was undertaken by No. Can anyone help me In aerial photographs, the remains of some roads that likely led to dispersed parts of the base, such as the bomb dump and the administrative containment area, are faintly visible, but no structures remain. the 380th moved from Fenton to Darwin in Australia. Photo:- via John Gray. paved with 3 inches of gravel and 28 dispersals without revetments. Squadron RAAF assisted in the move of 31 Squadron from Coomalie Creek to 51 Special Wireless Group were based near Coomalie Creek airfield. West Pacific Theatre in the
associated works in 21 days. Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. University of Northern Territory in Darwin. by David Wilson.
between 22 and 30 April 1943.
truck, LAC Ronald Charles Holmes sewing some clothing, LAC Ronald Charles Holmes on a machine gun, LAC Ronald Charles Holmes (at front) in a slit trench, LAC Ronald Charles Holmes (115770) sitting above his foxhole. Airfields - General Introduction .
9 Mobile Works Unit (9MWU) RAAF built the fighter
Photo:- via John Gray RAAF Command to create a Task Force to support amphibious operations by Allied July 24, 1943. Yugoslavia . It was named after Flight Lieutenant Clyde Fenton, a RAAF officer who recommended the site for the airfield..
"Australia @ War" WWII Research Products any information or photographs, "Australia
is trying to help to locate the family of the following American officer whose The "Amaryllis" carried two personnel and 10 (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids) Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss.
Construction Squadrons 1942-1974" (page 33) was still very new.
airfield and Snake Bay.
Over the years, it has reverted to the natural terrain from which it was built.
Flight Lieutenant R.H. Barnes and the first 45
The Airfield was named after Flying Officer Peter Gorrie who was flying one of four Hudson bombers shot down over what is now called Sulawesi in January 1942. Coomalie Creek, Some sort of wrecked structure on bank of with father Walter, mother, Hannah and children, including a son Harold age 13. carried out an aerial inspection of the site in a Catalina:-, W/Cdr Rooney
Sanger Austin, DFC (400363) of 2 Squadron. 31 Squadron RAAF (Beaufighters). Fenton airfield from 12 Oct 1942 - 8 Nov 1942.
Harold C. Johnson
After WW II, Belgium was co-founder of the Western Defense Union (1946, precursor of NATO) and of NATO (1949).
The North West Area Headquarters were located with more information? I've also found that many people share my interest. Reconnaissance flights beginning at Fenton Airfield were flown over Timor Island, New Guinea and Celebes Islands, and attacks and armed reconnaissance missions were carried out against Japanese airfields, ground installations and shipping. at various bases, including Torrens Creek, Iron Range, Fenton and Mareeba. Remnants of the control tower remain and aircraft wreckage can be found in the area. Fenton airfield may have also been referred to as Brock's Creek airfield in its early development. UNITS BASED AT COOMALIE CREEK See more ideas about Raf, Ww2, Royal air force. FENTON AIRFIELD.
Sanger Austin, DFC (400363) of 2 Squadron.
MILITARY AIRFIELDS IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY DURING WORLD WAR 2 . 10 miles from Batchelor airfield.
F/Lt Garden Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson. Fenton Airfield was a World War II military airfield in the Northern Territory of Australia located at Tipperary Station in what is now the locality of Douglas-Daly and named after flight lieutenant Clyde Fenton.. The runway was enlarged to approximately 7,218 ft × 164 ft (2,200 m × 50 m), accommodating close to sixty aircraft dispersal bays, some with earthen revetments.
They had to grub out approximately 4,000 to 6,000 tree roots.
any information or photographs, "Australia
of the 90th Bomb Group, who were at Fenton prior to the 380th. DURING WWII. LAC Ronald Charles Holmes (115770) was one of many RAAF "Beaufighters at Darwin 1942-43"
Ted advised that it has been suggested by some that Navigator Johnson may have
Noemfoor Island on 1 December 1944 and then to Morotai on 7 December 1944.
and Jack Banks at during a tour of Fenton airfield in 1943.
The airfield was abandoned at the end of World War II. service that ran every second day between NORTHERN TERRITORY airfield located in the Northern Territory. - 3 RAAF Fighter Squadrons B-24 Liberators from the 529th and 531st Bomb Squadrons moved to Long Field from Manbulloo Airfield and attacked Japanese airfields, ground installations, shipping, and industries in the Netherlands East Indies and the Bismarck Archipelago.
After the arrival of the CO, Burke became the RAAF located at Coomalie Creek Airfield. F/Lt Austin died of illness on 9 with more information? The construction of the airfield started on 7
that he did, he probably served with a troop transport or cargo group whose aircraft visited the Fenton area regularly. Flight Lieutenant John
3. Showers and toilets were Austin Airfield was named after Flight Lieutenant John Sanger Austin, DFC (400363) of 2 Squadron.
The equipment was landed on Banjo Beach. Doughton and Peter Demaine took part in a long sortie from Noemfoor on 6
units to maintain the secrecy of the new airfield.
Burke stayed at
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