Aitkenvale Aerodrome

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Aitkenvale Aerodrome
Summary
Operator Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Built 1942
In use 1942 - 1945
Occupants
Coordinates 19°18′44.94″S 146°44′22.87″E / 19.3124833°S 146.7396861°E / -19.3124833; 146.7396861Coordinates: 19°18′44.94″S 146°44′22.87″E / 19.3124833°S 146.7396861°E / -19.3124833; 146.7396861

Aitkenvale Aerodrome was an aerodrome located 10 km (6 mi) southwest of Townsville, Queensland, Australia near Aitkenvale Weir on the banks of the Ross River. It was also known as Weir and Aitkenvale Weir.

The aerodrome was constructed in 1942, during World War II, for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as part of a group of airfields to be used as aircraft dispersal fields in the event of Imperial Japanese attack on the Townsville area.

Located adjacent to the Weir State School, it became operational on 9 April 1942.[1] Initially consisting of a 4,500 ft (1,372 m) gravel NE-SW runway, which was later sealed with bitumen.

It was abandoned after the war and has been redeveloped for housing.

Units based at Aitkenvale Aerodrome[edit]

Aircraft crashes[edit]

  • November 1943 - P-40N Kittyhawk, Serial No. A29-498 (#42-104720)
  • 19 June 1944 - P-40 Kittyhawk, Serial No. A29-704[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Marks, Roger R. (1994). Queensland airfields WW2-- 50 years on. - ISBN 0-646-12769-1
  1. ^ Dunn, Peter. "AITKENVALE WEIR AIRFIELD TOWNSVILLE AREA DURING WW2". www.ozatwar.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Dunn, Peter. "ACCIDENT INVOLVING A KITTYHAWK AND A STEER AT AITKENVALE AIRFIELD, TOWNSVILLE, QLD ON 19 JUNE 1944". www.ozatwar.com. Retrieved 30 January 2013.