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USAAF March 1942

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RAAF 1943

Location
Lat 17° 56' 41S Long 122° 13' 54E  Broome Airfield is located at Broome in Western Australia in Australia.

Construction
Built prewar.

Wartime History
During early March 1942, Broome Airfield was used by Allied aircraft evacuating Java to Australia.

Broome Airfield was attacked by Japanese aircraft on two occasions. The first air raid was on March 3, 1942, several aircraft were destroyed at the airfield. The second raid damaged the airfield and killed an aboriginal.

Japanese missions against Broome
March 3 - 20, 1942

B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2454
Destroyed March 3, 1942 while parked by strafing A6M2 Zeros

B-17E Flying Fortress Serial Number 41-2449
Destroyed March 3, 1942 while parked by strafing A6M2 Zeros

A-29 Hudson Serial Number A16-119
Destroyed during Japanese air raid March 3, 1942

Lockheed Lodestar Serial Number LT9-18
Destroyed during Japanese air raid March 3, 1942

B-24A Liberator Serial Number 40-2373
Damaged on take off March 3, 1942 and destroyed

Today
During 1976, there were aircraft bits, and even .50 caliber machine guns discovered in the airfield area. Since then, development in the town as a tourist desitnation has removed any remaining wartime relics from the airport area.

Still in use today as Broome Airfield or Broome International Airport as a small airport. The single runway is oriented 28/10 measures 8,064' x 148' surfaced with asphalt. Airport codes: ICAO: YBRM / IATA: BME.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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