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    Learmonth Airfield (RAAF Learmonth, Potshot Airfield) Western Australia Australia

Location
Lat 22° 14' 8S 114° 5' 19E  Learmonth Airfield is located to the north of Learmonth on the western shore of Exmouth Gulf in Western Australia. Known as Potshot Airfield and later Learmonth Airfield. Today known as RAAF Learmonth.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, code named "Potshot". This airfield was maintained by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 76 Operational Base Unit.

NEIAF units based at Potshot / Learmonth
18 Squadron (B-25C) Batchelor March 10, 1944 - Mar 23, 1944 Batchelor

Naming Honors
During 1944, renamed Learmonth Airfield in honor of W/Cdr Charkes C. Learmonth Missing In Action (MIA) January 6, 1944 aboard Beaufort A9-346.

Postwar
During the 1950s, became known as "RAAF Learmonth".

Today
Still in use today as Learmonth Airport used as both a military and civilian airport. Airport codes: ICAO: YPLM IATA: LEA. The single runway is oriented 36/18 and measures 9,997' x 148' surfaced by asphalt.

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Last Updated
September 24, 2018

 

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