Air Power Archaeology

The Historical Archaeology of Second World War Air Power in Australia
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The Air Power Archaeology website has been developed by Daniel J. Leahy as part of his PhD project at the University of New England. The project looks at the historical archaeology of Second World War air power sites across Australia. The online database currently includes profiles for...


Website functionality is being made publicly available as the project progresses. It is planned that the website will continue to grow and evolve once the PhD project has been completed.

On This Day

Died 19 June 1944:
Flight Sergeant

Parafield, South Australia - 1 June 1940 to 30 June 1940 (NAA: A9186, 375)

Training of No. 30, and No. 1 Empire Air Scheme Courses progressed satisfactorily and more time was devoted to instrument flying, navigation, and formation flying practices for No. 30 Course.
On 3.6.40. the Unit officially adopted the seven day working week, acting under instructions from Southern Area Headquarters.
From 9.7.40 all civilians were excluded from the aerodrome except those employed by Civil Aviation and Commercial Aviation Companies and those franked by these organisations and issued with a pass by this Unit.
On 13.6.40 the Air Officer Commanding (Air Commodore H.N. WRIGLEY), accompanied by his Engineer Staff Officer inspected the Unit and left on the following day. The Air Officer Commanding was again present with his Senior Air Staff Officer on 30.6.40.
On 13.6.40 Flight Lieutenant J.F. LAWSON was posted for liaison duties to Ottawa (Canada) and was replaced by Pilot Officer J.G. WRIGHT, and on 23.6.40. Flight Lieutenant M.B. ALLEN was posted away to command No. 2 Aircraft Park, his duties as Chief Ground Instructor were taken over by Flying Officer G.D. WAINWRIGHT.
Eleven (11) new seat type parachutes were received by this Unit on 18.6.40, making a total of 17, this will now greatly reduce the inconvenience and delay due to the previous shortage.
Five (5) new Tiger Moths arrived in cases on 25.6.40 and erection was commenced immediately.
One aircraft (A7-27) was damaged during a forced landing, apparently due to engine failure shortly after take off.

Cape Otway, Victoria - 14 June 1942 to 19 June 1942 (NAA: A9186, 581)

Nursing Orderly 25711 CPL BRAMWELL, R. and three Fitters IIE (29067 ACL ARBUTHNOTT, W. No. 5625 LAC PLUMMER, F.C. No. 47454 AC1 SKEFFINGTON W.H.) arrived at the Unit.

Kingaroy, Queensland - 19 June 1942 (NAA: A9186, 95)

P/O BOWES of 76 Squadron, delivered A29-131 to No. 75 Squadron and on completion of ferry duties departed later in the day to rejoin his Unit at TOWNSVILLE.

Coomalie, Northern Territory - 19 June 1943 (NAA: A9186, 61)

Following aircrew personnel arrived on posting from No. 4 E.D.-
Flying Officer A.J. CAMERON (A7169), Flying Officer B.M. GILLESPIE (406842), Flying Officer LEITHHEAD (406858), Flying Officer R.S. GRAVES (41326)-BP826-19th JUNE refers.
Flight Lieutenant F.J. GARDINER (407575), Flying Officer L.J. LYNE (13986) posted to No. 31 Squadron - BP846-22th JUNE refers.

Livingstone (34-Mile), Northern Territory - 19 June 1943 (NAA: A9186, 143)

Fine and hot. Shadow shooting.

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