SEVEN MILE AIRFIELD,
ALICE SPRINGS, NT
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII
The Department of Defense acquired Lease 116A from E & A. J. Hayes in 1939 and work commenced in 1940 to construct Seven Mile Airfield outside Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. In July 1940, 1 Squadron RAAF staged through Seven Mile Airfield on their way to Malaya.
Commercial aircraft also started to use Seven Mile Airfield, though most commercial traffic continued to use the smaller Town Airfield adjacent to Araluen Homestead. Seven Mile became an official RAAF Airfield on 28 May 1942 when 57 Operational Base Unit RAAF took over administrative control of the airfield. By 1944 military presence had reduced to use as a transit base for RAAF aircraft. Civilian aircraft started to use the airfield again.
Some new works were carried out and by 23 March 1944, about 23,000 Pounds of funding from the United States had been spent by the Allied Works Council at the airfield.
Can anyone help me with more information?
"Australia @ War" Research Products
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 17 September 2017
This page last updated 17 September 2017