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    Ballarat Airfield (RAAF Station Ballarat) Victoria Australia

M. Heriot October 3, 1943


Google Earth Jan 3, 2017

Location
Lat 37° 30' 42S Long 143° 47' 28E  Ballarat Airfield is located to the west of Ballarat in Victoria in Australia. Also known as RAAF Station Ballarat.

Wartime Usage
During the early months of 1942, used by the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter aircraft and medium bombers.

American units based at Ballarat Airfield
35th FG, 39th FS (P-39) Brisbane March 8-16, 1942 Mount Gambier
35th FG, 41st FS (P-39) Brisbane March 8-17, 1942 to Mount Gambier
38th BG, 69th BS (B-26) Eagle Field March 8, 1942 - April 30, 1942 Amberley
38th BG, 70th BS (B-26) Eagle Field March 8, 1942 - April 20, 1942 Amberley
38th BG, 71st BS (B-26) Eagle Field March 8, 1942 - April 30, 1942 Batchelor
38th BG, 405th BS (B-26) Eagle Field March 8, 1942 - August 7, 1942 Breddan

Ballarat Airfield was used by the Royal Australian Air Force (USAAF) as the 1 Wireless Air Gunners School (1 WAGS) a part of the Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) to train air crews.

Daniel Leahy adds:
"The base for No. 1 Wireless Air Gunners School is quite big - probably the largest of all of the Empire Air Training Scheme bases in Australia. No. 1 WAGS often had between 1,500 and 2,000 personnel based in the school itself - this does not include any additional personnel on base for other purposes (No. 7 OTU briefly had people based there for radar training or something along those lines)."

Today
Still in use today as Ballarat Airport. Designated as a small airport without a control tower. Airport code: ICAO: YBLT. The airport has three runways. The first oriented 23/05 measures 4,150' x 98' surfaced with asphalt. The second is oriented 31/13 measures 1,864' x 98' surfaced with grass. The third is oriented 36/18 measures 4,085' x 98' surfaced with asphalt. The airport has refueling facilities with the Ballarat Aero Club (BAC).

References
City of Ballarat - Ballarat Airport
Ballarat Aero Club (BAC)
Oz@War - Empire Air Training Scheme (EATS) in Australia during WW2

Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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July 23, 2018

 

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