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    Strauss Field (28 Mile) Northern Territory Australia

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RAAF c1944

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Richard Rudd 2007

Location
Strauss Field is located 28 miles to the south of Darwin, south of Noonamac, along the Stuart Highway and rail road line to Darwin. Also known as "Strauss Airfield", "28 Mile", "28 Mile Drone" or sometimes "27 Mile" or "27 Mile Drone".

Construction
Built by the U. S. Army 808th Engineer Battalion as a single runway.

Wartime History
During World War II, Strauss Field was used by Allied fighters for the defense of the Darwin.

Naming Honor
During late April 1942, named "Strauss Field" in honor of U. S. Army Captain Allison W. Strauss Killed In Action (KIA) April 27, 1942 piloting P-40E Warhawk.

Allied units based at Strauss Field
U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF)
49th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Squadron (P-40E Warhawk) Adelaide River May 11 - Sept 25, 1942 Port Moresby
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
76 Squadron (P-40) October 9, 1942
452 Squadron (Spitfire) February 1, 1943 - early 1944 Sattler
Royal Air Force (RAF)
549 Squadron (Spitfire) June 15, 1944

Spitfire Mark Vc A58-22
Pilot Tully crash landed February 21, 1943 afterwards scrapped

Today
Disused as an airfield since the Pacific War. Today, information displays are located at Strauss Field detailing the wartime history and aircraft based at this location including a memorial plaque on a stone, P-40 cutout with information display "The P-40 - a Hawk at war", Spitfire cutout with information display "Update - a better fighting machine?" and information display "The Spitfire arrive - Postwar disposal and a new life? - Strauss - an international link".

References
Protect & Avenge pages 48, 49 (photo), 359 (index)
49th Fighter Group page 15
"Capt Allison Strauss apparently fell to the guns of the Zero on his tail and crashed to his death near the port of Darwin. Like Lt Livingstone, Strauss also had an airstrip south of Darwin named after him soon after his death."
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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May 22, 2017

 

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