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    Bamaga Airfield (Higgins, Jack Jacky, Red Point) Queensland Australia

Location
Lat 10° 57' 3S Long 142° 27' 34E  Bamaga Airfield is located to the southeast of Bamaga inland from the Kennedy River on the Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland. Also known as Jack Jacky Airfield, Red Island Airfield, Red Island Point Airfield or Red Point Airfield.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

Naming Honors
On June 3, 1943 officially named "Higgins Field" in honor of FLTLT Brian Hartley Higgins, 400620 KIA piloting Catalina A24-39.

Wartime RAAF units based at Bamaga
7 Squadron - March 26, 1944 - October 26, 1944
33 OBU - October 13, 1943 - July 31, 1946
1 Repair & Salvage Unit  - June 16, 1943 - June 18, 1944
5 RSU  - May 1944 - March 1945p
52 Radar Station - March 29, 1943 - September 29, 1945 Muttee Head

Today
Still in use today as Bamaga Injinoo Airport. Airport codes: ICAO: YBAM and IATA: ABM. The single runway measures 5,462' x 98' oriented 31/13 and surfaced with asphalt.

Michael Andrews adds:
"I visited Bamaga in 1999 there is a C-47 wreck nearby as well as a Kittyhawk wreck.  The Kittyhawk is just a couple of plates of aluminum and I think a wheel housing."

Beaufort Serial Number A9-377
Pilot Bracken crashed July 2, 1944

Beaufort Serial Number A9-190
Pilot Caddy crashed October 10, 1945

C-49 Dakota Serial Number 44-83228
Pilot Taylor crashed May 5, 1945

P-40 Warhawk

References
Officially named 'Higgins Field' on June 3, 1943:
"Announcement is hereby made that the airdrome now known as Jacky Jacky and/or Red Point, is officially designated 'Higgins Field' in honour of Flight Lieutenant Brian Hartley Higgins 400620, RAAF, killed on air operations 25 May 1943 - by command of Lieutenant General Kenney."
Oz@War - Higgins Field, QLD during WW2

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Last Updated
May 13, 2018

 

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