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    Breddan Airfield Queensland Australia
Location
Lat 19.9424°S 146.2543°E  Breddan Airfield was located near Breddan and Charters Towers in Queensland in Australia.

Construction
During April 1942 built by the Allied Works Council as constructed as a dispersal field for Charters Towers Airfield.

Wartime History
During 1942, Breddan Airfield was used as a dispersal field for Allied aircraft. Based B-25 Mitchells from the 38th Bombardment Group including the 71st Bombardment Squadron and 405th Bombardment Squadron.

During 1943 until the end of the war, used by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as a maintenance base for No 13 Aircraft Repair Depot, No 6 Central Receiving Depot, Nos 10 and 12 Repair and Salvage Unit and No 1 Torpedo Maintenance Unit

Originally intended as a satellite field for Charters Towers, Breddan was primarily a maintenance base, with No 13 Aircraft Repair Depot, No 6 Central Receiving Depot, Nos 10 and 12 Repair and Salvage Unit and No 1 Torpedo Maintenance Unit all being located at the base at various stages between 1943 and 1947.

American units based at Breddan Airfield
38th BG, 71st BS (B-25) Batchelor August 12, 1942 - Oct 1, 1942 Durand Drome
38th BG, Headquarters Eagle Farm August 7, 1942 - September 30, 1942 Garbutt Field
38th BG, 405th BS (B-25) Ballarat August 7, 1942 - September 30, 1942 Garbutt Field

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) units based at Breddan Airfield
No 13 Aircraft Repair Depot
No 6 Central Receiving Depot
No 10 Repair and Salvage Unit (10 RSU)
12 Repair and Salvage Unit (12 RSU)
No 1 Torpedo Maintenance Unit

Postwar
Until 1947, continued to be used by the RAAF then disused as an airfield.

Today
Breddan Airfield is located along the Gregory Developmental Road in Charters Towers. On April 16, 2010 Breddan Airfield was entered on the Queensland Heritage Register as Breddan Airfield 602745.

Today, World War II artifacts remain in situ including quonset hut igloos, concrete slabs, engine test area and camp areas. Several roads that pass around the former airfield are excluded from the heritage area.

References
Queensland Heritage Register as Breddan Airfield 602745
RAAF Museum at Point Cook - Breddan via WayBack Machine July 20, 2008

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Last Updated
January 10, 2019

 

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