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    Gove Airfield (Nhulunbuy) Northern Territory Australia

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Lat 12° 13' 60S Long 136° 46' 0E Located at Gove on the peninsula. Also known as Nhulunbuy.

Built by RAAF 8 Airfield Construction Squadron during 1943.

Naming Honors
Named "Gove Field" in honor of F/Sgt William J H Gove of 2 Squadron who was killed on April 12, 1943 over Millingimbi.

Wartime History
Later war, this airfield was used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for anti-submarine and reconnaissance missions and as a staging base for Merauke Airfield. At its height, over 5,000 personell were stationed at Gove Airfield.

RAAF Units based at Gove
83 Squadron (Boomerang) Melville January - August 1944 Camden
13 Squadron (Ventura) Cooktown August 1944 - June 1945 Morotai
42 Squadron (PBY) Drimmie Head

Gove Airport
Still in use today. Airport code: IATA: GOV, ICAO: YPGV. It services the mining town of Nhulunbuy and several Aboriginal communities including Yirrkala. Also known as "Nhulunbuy Airport". A memorial sign is located near the terminal area.

CAC CA-13 Boomerang A46-173
Pilot Ayre crashed May 22, 1944 recovered to the airport

Lockheed PV-1 Ventura Serial Number A59-73
Fuselage located near the airport

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September 12, 2014



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