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    Reid River Airfield Queensland Australia

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Justin Taylan 2006

Location
Located to the south of the Reid River.

Construction
American built airfield with a single main runway running east to west.

Units Based at Reid River
22nd BG, 2nd BS (B-26) Tville April 9, 42 - Oct 3, 43 to Dobodura
22nd BG, 408th BS (B-26) Tville April 12, 1942 - Oct 15, 43 to Dobodura

American Usage
The first mission by the 408th BS was April 22, 1942 from Reid River, operating until January 1943 when the group went on R&R. In early February 1943, both the 2nd and 408th converted from B-26 to B-25D bombers.

Today
Disused since the war as an airfield, the former base is private property used for mustering cattle and horses. An arch marks the western edge of the strip, easily accessible from the main road. With premission of the owner, visitors can tour the strip. On the eastern edge of the strip are concrete pads from former buildings including the mess hall and first air station. Also, there is the remains of a B-26 crash site, and former 2nd BS camp area. Small markers, left by veterans in 1992 mark these locations.

B-26 "Lil Deicer" Serial Number 40-1390
Pilot Rye crashed May 15, 1942

B-26 "Old Timer" Serial Number 40-1392
Pilot Patterson crashed April 4, 1943

 

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December 30, 2013

 

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