OAKEY AIRFIELD, QLD
Oakey airfield started with the establishment of No. 6 Aircraft Depot (6AD) on 14 October 1943. The original plan approved on 25 May 1942 called for 6AD to be located at Chinchilla. On 22 December 1942 the RAAF Development Program was reviewed and 6AD was approved for establishment at Oakey. The proposed personnel establishment for 6AD was as follows:-
RAAF: 70 Officers, 5 nurses, 218 Sergeants and above and 1,458 Corporals and below. Total 1,751
WAAAF: 5 Officers, 7 Sergeants and 236 Corporals and below: Total 248
Total Establishment 1,990
Work on the construction of 6AD was started by the Civil Construction Corps on 15 March 1943.
The Aircraft Depot's primary function was to relieve, repair and and carrout overhaul work then being done at No. 3 Aircraft Depot at Amberley airfield and to act as a forward depot for aircraft operating from New Guinea and northern Australia. The Depot serviced, assembled and conducted test flights of Beaufort, Mustang Norsemen, Wirraway and Spitfire aircraft. They also serviced large quantities of communications equipment and radio compass receivers.
Nine American type workshop hangars originally consigned from the USA to the Admiralty in SIngapore were obtained from the USASOS for 6AD at Oakey airfield.
The airfield site (RAAF Property No. 2520) was 934 acres which comprised a 400 feet landing strip and 2 hard surfaced runways on bearings 45 degrees and 135 degrees. £99,300 was alloctaed for the airfield and £200,000 for buildings and engineering services.
Edmond (Ted) Brault served in the 18th Squadron NEI-AF. He initially served at McDonald airfield in Western Australia. He was then posted to Oakey airfield in 1944 and served as a security guard using guard dogs,.
The following photos by Ted Brault
were made available by
Ted's son, Rod Brault via my friend Randell Summerville.
MILITARY AIRCAFT CRASHES AT OAKEY AIRFIELD DURING WW2
|25 Sep 44||Oakey||RAAF||Wackett||?|
|abt Jan 45||Oakey||RAAF||F.VC Spitfire||A58-180 (JG912)|
|abt Jul 45||Oakey||RAAF||LF.VIII Spitfire||A58-444 (PA958)|
|abt Oct 45||Oakey||RAAF||Beaufighter||A8-96|
Today, the original airfield is home to the Oakey Army Aviation Base.
Flypast Museum of Australian Army Flying Inc., Oakey, Queensland
I'd like to than Brian Reardon of Flypast Museum at Oakey for his assistance with information on Oakey airfield.
I'd also like to thank Randell Summerville and his cousin Rod Brault (son of Ted Brault) for their assistance with this home page.
Can anyone help me with more information?
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 28 January 2001
This page last updated 17 October 2016