Corunna Downs Airfield

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Corunna Downs Airfield
Ensign of the Royal Air Force.svg
Part of World War II
Pilbara Region
Near Marble Bar in Australia
Corunna Downs Airfield is located in Western Australia
Corunna Downs Airfield
Corunna Downs Airfield
location of the airbase in Western Australia
Coordinates 21°27′52″S 119°50′50″E / 21.46444°S 119.84722°E / -21.46444; 119.84722Coordinates: 21°27′52″S 119°50′50″E / 21.46444°S 119.84722°E / -21.46444; 119.84722
Type Airbase
Site information
Owner Royal Australian Air Force
Operator No. 73 Operational Base Unit RAAF[1]
Open to
the public
Yes
Condition Poor
Site history
Built 1942 (1942)
In use until 14 January 1946 (1946-01-14)
Fate Abandoned
Events Long range missions against Japanese shipping and base facilities in the Dutch East Indies
Garrison information
Occupants

Australian

United States

Airfield information
Runways
Direction Length and surface
NS 5,000 ft × 150 ft (1,524 m × 46 m) Dirt
EW 7,000 ft × 150 ft (2,134 m × 46 m) Dirt
Corunna Downs Station and Former Wartime Airbase
Brockman's Station
Location Salgash Corunna Downs Road, East Pilbara
Nearest city Marble Bar
Area Pilbara Region
Built 1942 (1942)
Built for Royal Australian Air Force
Original use Military base
Current use Public use
Invalid designation
Designated 26 May 2006 (2006-05-26)
Reference no. 3695

Corunna Downs Airfield was a secret Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base at Corunna Downs, 40 km (25 mi) south of Marble Bar, Western Australia in the Pilbara Region during World War II.[2]

The airfield, created especially for heavy bombers, comprised two intersecting bitumen runways, a north–south (107°) runway 5,000 ft × 150 ft (1,524 m × 46 m) and an east–west (165°) runway 7,000 ft × 150 ft (2,134 m × 46 m).[2]

No. 73 Operational Base Unit was responsible for operating the airfield during World War II.

The RAAF No. 24 Squadron, No 25 Squadron and the United States Army Air Corps 380th Bomb Group flew long range missions against Japanese shipping and base facilities in the Dutch East Indies.[2]

The base has been abandoned since World War II.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Kerr, Colin (21 January 2013). "Bombers hidden in the desert". The West Australian. Retrieved 1 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Register of Heritage Places

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