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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) Townsville April 9, 42 - Oct 3, 43 to Dobodura
22nd BG, 408th BS (B-26) Townsville April 12, 1942 - Oct 15, 43 to Dobodura

American Usage
On April 22, 1942 the first combat mission from Reid River was B-26 Marauders of the 22nd Bombardment Group, 408th Bombardment Squadron. This unit operated from this airfield until January 1943. In early February 1943, both the 2nd Bombardment Squadron and 408th Bombardment Squadron converted to B-25D Mitchell 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 permission 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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May 3, 2016

 

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