Pacific Wrecks
Pacific Wrecks    
  Missing In Action (MIA) Prisoners Of War (POW) Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)  
Chronology Locations Aircraft Ships Submit Info How You Can Help Donate
    Cairns Queensland Australia
Click For Enlargement
ADF 2016

Lat 16° 55' 0S Long 145° 46' 0E  Cairns is located on the coast of northern Queensland in Australia. Borders Cairns Harbor to the east and the Coral Sea.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Cairns was an Allied staging area. Cairns Harbor was developed for us as a Naval base and seaplane operating area. On July 31, 1942 a Japanese H8K2 Emily flying boat bombed Mossman mistaking the area for Cairns.

Catalina Memorial Cairns Esplanade
Located on the Cairns Esplanade bordering Cairns Harbor. The memorial comprised of three white pillars with a model of a Consolidated Catalina atop. On February 28, 2016 a memorial plaque to the crew of Catalina A24-25 was added to the memorial.

Sheridan Street Camp
Army Camp located along Sheridan, Dutton and Spence Street.

Cairns Museum
Located in town, this museum has an extensive photo collection of World War II era in Cairns, artifacts and displays.

Cairns Airfield (Cairns Airport)
Wartime airfield, still in use today

Cairns Harbor (PT-Boat Base, Seaplane Base)
Wartime airfield, still in use today

Trinity Bay
The site of amphibious training conducted by the US Army's 532nd Special Engineer Unit and at Palm Cove along the beach front there is a memorial plaque to this activity. There is also a memorial to Maj. Gen. Vasey, CG 7th Australian Division, who along with ten others was killed when a RAAF Hudson crashed into the water on approach to Cairns. Thanks to Alan Kelly  for this history.

Ammunition storage facility near Cairns

Contribute Information
Do you have photos or additional information to add?

Last Updated
October 23, 2019


Map Fallingrain
  Discussion Forum Daily Updates Reviews Museums Interviews & Oral Histories  
Pacific Wrecks Inc. All rights reserved.
Donate Now Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram