Horn Island Airport
|Horn Island Airport|
|Operator||Torres Shire Council|
|Location||Horn Island, Queensland|
|Elevation AMSL||43 ft / 13 m|
World War II
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. The airfield consisted of two intersecting runways, with revetments for aircraft parking
Japanese bombing raids against Horn Island Aerodrome
- 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
- 7th Fighter Squadron of 49th Fighter Group, March 1942 - 18 April 1942 (Curtiss P-40s)
- No. 6 Squadron RAAF
- No. 7 Squadron RAAF
- No. 24 Squadron RAAF
- No. 32 Squadron RAAF
- No. 75 Squadron RAAF
- No. 84 Squadron RAAF
- No. 28 Operational Base Unit RAAF
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.
Airlines and destinations
- 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.
- PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 08 November 2018, Aeronautical Chart Archived 10 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine. (
- "RAAF Base Horn Island". RAAF Museum.
- Nick Place, "Our secret war", Royal Auto, November 2015, p. 18
- "Horn Island Veterans Memorial". Monument Australia. Archived from the original on 9 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
- Aviation Safety Investigation Report VH-UJP
- "Japanese Bombing Raid on Horn Island 14 March 1942". Australian @ War. Archived from the original on 9 November 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
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