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    Coomalie Creek Airfield (Coomalie Airfield) Northern Territory Australia

Location
Coomalie Creek Airfield was located near Darwin in the Northern Territory. Also known as "Coomalie Creek Field", "Coomalie Creek" or "Coomalie". Also, sometimes incorrectly spelled "Coomallie".

Construction
During 1942, a single runway was constructed surfaced with bitumen. Coomalie Creek Airfield was completed by the middle of November 1942.

Wartime History
On November 12, 1942 the first unit, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 31 Squadron arrived at Coomalie Creek Airfield. Detected and bombed by the Japanese aircraft on six occasions between the first raid on November 22, 1942 and the last raid on November 10, 1943.

RAAF units based at Coomalie Creek
31 Squadron (Beaufighter) Wagga Wagga November 12, 1942 - November 27, 1944 Noemfoor
1 PRU (F-4 Lightning, Buffaloes, Lancers, Mosquitoes and Wirraways) Hughes December 6, 1942 until disbanding September 9, 1944 then reformed as 87 Squadron
87 Squadron (Wirraways, Mosquito) formed September 10, 1944 - October 1945 Parkes

Japanese missions against Coomalie Creek Airfield
November 23, 1942 - November 10, 1943

Beaufighter "Feaubighter" Mark Ic Serial Number A19-31
Destroyed on the ground by Japanese A6M2 Zeros strafing air raid on March 2, 1943

Today
Disused since the war. In 1995, part of Coomalie Farm owned by Richard Luxton. As part of the 50th anniversary of World War II, the 31 Squadron chapel at Coomalie Creek Airfield was rebuilt and visited by veterans from 31 Squadron during August 1995. The veterans dedicated a plaque at the chapel in 1998.

Tony Johnsoton adds:
"Coomalie Creek is now in private ownership and the strip is still in good repair. Some remnants still. I have been a guest at the site by the current owner."

References
Oz@War - Coomalie Creek Northern Territory During WW2
Coomalie Charlie's Commandos - 31 Squadron RAAF
Beaufighters at Darwin 1942-43 by Kenneth Neal McDonald, DFC

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March 31, 2017

 

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