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USAAF January 28, 1942

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NAA November 1943
Location
Lat 27° 34' 13S Long 153° 0' 29E  Archerfield Airfield is located at 63' above sea level to the south of Brisbane in central Queensland in Australia. Also known as Archerfield Airdrome or simply Archerfield. Today known as Archerfield Airport or Brisbane Archerfield Airport.

Wartime History
During World War II, Archerfield was used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF) for the duration of the war.

During early 1942, No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School (2 EFTS) was based at Archerfield Airfield

Archerfield was the arrival point for many American bomber and transport aircraft being ferried across the Pacific via Hawaii, Canton, Christmas, Fiji and Plaines des Gaiacs Airfield on New Caledonia before reaching Australia. From Archerfield, aircraft were assigned to units and flown northward to other airfields.

On February 18, 1942, six B-17 Flying Fortresses from the 7th Bomb Group, 88 Reconnaissance Squadron landed at Archerfield due to a cyclone blocking their path to Garbutt Field near Townsville.

On April 3, 1942 the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron, 347th Troop Carrier Group, Air Transport Command, U. S. Army Forces in Australia was activated at Archerfield operating the C-47 Dakota.

American units against Archerfield
347th TCG, 21st TCS (C-47) activated Archerfield April 3, 1942 - February 18, 1943 Port Moresby returns September 28, 1943 - August 26, 1944 Nadzab
317th TCG, 39th TCS (C-47) Garbutt February 22, 1943 - September 28, 1943 Port Moresby

Today
Still in use today as a civilian airport known as Archerfield Airport or Brisbane Archerfield Airport. The airport has four runways. The first runway is oriented 22L/04R measures 3,609' x 98' surfaced with grass. The second is oriented 22R/04L measures 4,085' x 98' surfaced with graded earth. The third is oriented 28L/10R measures 3,609' x 98' surfaced by asphalt. The fourth oriented 28R/10L measures 4,859' x 98' surfaced with asphalt. Airport code: ICAO: YBAF.

Quarry Dump (Carr's Quarry)
Located on Mortimer Road on Acacia Ridge During the early 1990s, a World War II era dump in a drainage pit that was excavated. Excavated were aircraft parts, munitions and guns dumped during 1942-1945.

Flying Fighter Adventures (Fighter Pilot Adventure Flights)
Collection includes many historic aircraft offered for flight

References
Oz@War - The Archerfield Quary Carr's Quarry

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December 25, 2018

 

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