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    Gove Airfield (Nhulunbuy) Northern Territory Australia

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1943

Location
Lat 12° 13' 60S Long 136° 46' 0E Located on the peninsula at Gove.

Construction
Built by RAAF 8 Airfield Construction Squadron during 1943.

Named in honor of F/S William J. H. Gove of 2 Squadron who was KIA on April 12, 1943 over Millingimbi.

Wartime History
Used by the RAAF. Later war, this airfield was used by RAAF for anti-submarine and reconnaissance missions and as a staging base for Merauke Airfield. At its height, over 5,000 personell were stationed here.

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

Today
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.

CA-13 Boomerang A46-14
Pilot Ayre crashed May 22, 1944 recovered to the airport

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