Horn Island Airport

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Horn Island Airport
Airport typePublic
OperatorTorres Shire Council
LocationHorn Island, Queensland
Elevation AMSL43 ft / 13 m
Coordinates10°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: HID, ICAO: YHID) is an airport on Horn Island in the Torres Strait, 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]

After Darwin, Horn Island was the second-most bombed area of Australia by the Japanese in World War II.[3]

  • 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]


The Horn Island Veterans Memorial in front of the airport commemorates the American and Australian servicemen who fought and died in the defence of Horn Island and the Torres Strait during World War II. It was designed by Vanessa Seekee OAM and Gordon Cameron OAM from local materials.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
QantasLink Cairns
Skytrans Airlines Cairns, Northern Peninsula Area (Bamaga), Badu Island, Kubin Village (Moa Island), Mabuiag Island, Boigu Island, Saibai Island, Murray Island, Darnley Island, Yorke Island, Coconut Island, Warraber Island, Yam Island

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
  • A survey aircraft operated by Adastra Airways Lockheed Hudson VH-AGO crashed on approach after an engine failure on Monday 24 June 1957. 6 fatalities including one child.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YHID – Horn Island (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 08 November 2018, Aeronautical Chart Archived 10 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "RAAF Base Horn Island". RAAF Museum.
  3. ^ Nick Place, "Our secret war", Royal Auto, November 2015, p. 18
  4. ^ "Horn Island Veterans Memorial". Monument Australia. Archived from the original on 9 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.

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