Lat 15° 28' 0S Long 145° 15' 0E Cooktown is located on the Cape York Peninsula in northern Queensland in Australia. Offshore is Low Wooded Island.
During World War II roughly 20,000 Australian and American troops were stationed in Cooktown and the surrounding area during the the early stages of the war. Most of the population of Cape York Peninsula, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, were relocated southward for the duration of the war.
Wartime airfield used in the ferry route to New Guinea
Pilot Bond ditched August 4, 1943 crashed 35 miles southeast of Cooktown
B-25D "Eight Ball Esquire" 41-29709
Pilot Hellriegel ditched December 20, 1942 off Cooktown upside down partially covered
P-39F Airacobra Serial Number 41-7210
Pilot McGovern force landed April 26, 1942 south of Murdoch Point
P-40E Kittyhawk Serial Number A29-69
Pilot Ellerton force landed April 27, 1942 south of Murdoch Point
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June 15, 2019