RAAF Station Tocumwal

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Two members of the Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force working on a B-24 Liberator at Tocumwal in 1944

RAAF Station Tocumwal (35°48′S 145°34′E / 35.800°S 145.567°E / -35.800; 145.567) was a major Royal Australian Air Force base during World War II.

History[edit]

Located near the town of Tocumwal, New South Wales the base was established in early 1942 to provide a secure base for United States Army Air Forces heavy bomber units. While the USAAF does not appear to have used the base, it was heavily used by the RAAF and, from 1944, was home to the RAAF's heavy bomber support and operational conversion units including No. 7 Operational Training Unit.

While RAAF Station Tocumwal was closed following World War II the airfield remains in use and is a renowned gliding site.

200 houses from the base were relocated to Canberra in the 1940s to address a housing shortage. The vast majority were relocated to a small precinct in the suburb of O'Connor.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Scope and Content Notes". HMSS 0074 Tocumwal Houses Archive. ACT Heritage Library. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Michael V. Nelmes (1994). Tocumwal to Tarakan. Australians and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. Banner Books, Canberra. ISBN 1-875593-04-7

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