Lat 20° 40' 7S Long 140° 30' 16E Cloncurry Airfield is located at Cloncurry.
Used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) during the early stages of the Pacific War.
Veteran George Munroe, 7th BG recalls:
"[On February 22, 1942] We parked our B-17s, and these planes
came in from one of the Dutch islands loaded with woman and
it was awful. The flies were awful, stick to you like glue.
They were all over the children, the mothers were absolutely
distraught most had left their husbands behind and just evacuated.
I don't know why we went there, there were a lot of things
we did just in case, probably incase the Japanese ran a mission
Veteran Richard E. Oliver 7th BG recalls:
"It was hotter than the devil, a terrible place, flies you just
couldn't imagine, you couldn't brush them away. The town
was like you had gone back 150 years to the last century,
was fit to eat as far as we were concerned, mostly just mutton
and most of us couldn't stand mutton. We were there overnight
before flying back to Townsville."
Allied units based at Cloncurry
29 OBU June 22, 1942 - July 5, 1943
30 OBU December 12, 1942 - September 19, 1946
107 Radar Station June 1 - September 11, 1942
108 Radar Station June 1, 1942 - September 11, 1942
19th BG, 435th BS (B-17) formed March 14, 1942
19th BG, 28 BS (B-17s) c28.03.42 - May 5, 1942 Longreach
19th BG, 30 BS (B-17s) c27.03.42 - May 13, 1942 Longreach
19th BG, 93 BS (B-17s) 29.03.42 - May 18, 1942 Longreach
Still in use today as Cloncurry Airport. Airport codes: ICAO: YCCY, IATA: CNJ with two runways: 24/06 measuring 3,796' x 60' surfaced with asphalt and 30/12 6,562' x 98' surfaced with asphalt. Serviced by QantasLink and Jetconnect.
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May 22, 2017