Horn Island Airport

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Horn Island Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Torres Shire Council
Location Horn Island, Queensland
Elevation AMSL 43 ft / 13 m
Coordinates 10°35′11″S 142°17′24″E / 10.58639°S 142.29000°E / -10.58639; 142.29000Coordinates: 10°35′11″S 142°17′24″E / 10.58639°S 142.29000°E / -10.58639; 142.29000
YHID is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 1,389 4,557 Asphalt
14/32 1,235 4,052 Asphalt
Sources: Australian AIP and aerodrome chart[1]

Horn Island Airport (IATA: HIDICAO: YHID) is an airport in Horn Island, Queensland, Australia.

World War II[edit]

The Civil Constructional Corps and the Department of Main Roads began construction of an advanced operational airbase on the island during World War II, commencing in 1940. RAAF Base Horn Island was completed in 1941 and was used as a staging base for Allied aircraft moving between Australia and New Guinea.[2] The airfield consisted of two intersecting runways, with revetments for aircraft parking.

Japanese bombing raids against Horn Island Aerodrome[edit]

  • 14 March 1942
  • 18 March 1942
  • 30 April 1942
  • 11 May 1942
  • 6 July 1942
  • 30 July 1942
  • 1 August 1942
  • 17 June 1943

Units based at Horn Island Aerodrome[edit]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
West Wing Aviation Badu Island, Bamaga, Boigu Island, Coconut Island, Darnley Island, Kubin Island, Mabuiag Island, Warraber Island, Yam Island, Yorke Island, Murray Island, Saibai Island
Qantas operated by QantasLink Cairns

Aircraft crashes[edit]

  • Aero Commander, 500-S, VH-UJP
  • A number of B-17 Flying Fortresses crash landed during World War II:
    • B-17E Serial Number 41-2636 - crashed during night take off 13 July 1942
    • B-17E Serial Number 41-2655 - crashed during night take off 13 July 1942
    • B-17E "G.I. Issue" Serial Number 41-2421 - crashed landed on 16 July 1942
    • B-17E "Tojo's Nightmare" Serial Number 41-2497 - crashed attempting landing 24 March 1944

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YHID – Horn Island (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 29 May 2014, Aeronautical Chart
  2. ^ "RAAF Base Horn Island". RAAF Museum. 

External links[edit]