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 30 May 1942:
Flight Sergeant

Parafield, South Australia - 1 May 1940 to 31 May 1940 (NAA: A9186, 375)

The three pupils of No. 29 Course who were kept back for further training, completed their course satisfactorily on 2/5/40 and were sent on leave prior to joining their new Unit.
On 7/5/40 the Unit was inspected by the A.M.O.E. (Air Marshal R. Williams) in company with the A.O.C. (Air Commodore H.N. Wrigley) who left again on 10/5/40 when a short inspection of the Station was made by the A.M.P. and S. (Mr. Cameron).
Three Officers were posted away from the Unit during the month including Flight Lieutenant A.N. HICK who was replaced as Chief Flying Instructor by Flight Lieutenant K.R. PARSONS, and Flying Officer J.W. WARWICK was appointed to command "A" Flight.
The training of No. 30 Course progressed satisfactorily and on 27/5/40 No. 1 Course commenced flying training concurrent with the Initial Training Sullabus.
One aircraft was damaged during forced landing practice on 6/5/40. Neither occupant was injured.

Batchelor, Northern Territory - 30 May 1943 (NAA: A9186, 33)

Vultee Vengeance A27-218 crash landed on Batchelor when the aircraft stalled shortly after taking off, the crew being uninjured.

Livingstone (34-Mile), Northern Territory - 30 May 1943 (NAA: A9186, 143)

Fine and hot. A & E tests. S/Ldr. James returned from MILLINGIMBI.

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