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    Eagle Farm Field Queensland Australia


ATIU c1944

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Justin Taylan 2000

Location
Eagle Farm Field was located adjacent to the Eagle Farm racecourse, a horse racing track near Brisbane. Also known as "Eagle Farm Airfield" or "Doomben Field" for nearby Camp Doomben.

Wartime History
At Hanger 7, Air Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) headed by Frank McCoy operated at Eagle Farm to rebuild and flight test captured Japanese aircraft.

During 1943, three A6M3 Model 32 Zeros including: A6M3 Zero 3028, A6M3 3030 and A6M3 3032 plus four Sakai engines and various other components captured at Buna Airfield arrived at Eagle Farm. These were rebuilt by Australian and American technicians into a single flyable A6M3 Zero Hybrid (XJ001 / EB-201). By late 1943, this Zero was shipped to the United States for further technical evaluation.

During late 1943 or early 1944, Ki-43-I Oscar (XJ002) captured at Lae Airfield was rebuilt to flying condition by March 17, 1944 and flight tested at Eagle Farm Airfield.

After the capture of Cape Gloucester, an intact Ki-61 Tony 263 (XJ003) was recovered, stripped and refurbished during the first half of 1944 at Eagle Farm. Flight tests in Australia were cut short due to metal cuttings in the engine. Afterwards, shipped to the United States during June 1944.

During late 1944, Ki-43-II "Racoon Special" (XJ004) captured and rebuilt at Hollandia before being flown to Eagle Farm for further flight testing.

Today
Disused as an airfield.

Hanger 7 Museum (Eagle Farm Community Heritage Center / EFCHC)
Museum at Hanger 7

References
Oz@War - Eagle Farm @ War
Oz@War - Air Technical Intelligence Unit (ATIU) Allied Air Forces Secret Operations
Oz@War - Camp Doomben Brisbane, Queensland During WWII

Hanger 7 - Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit (ATIU) Used Hanger 7 at Eagle Farm Airfield During WWII

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Last Updated
July 23, 2018

 

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