PORT KEATS EMERGENCY LANDING GROUND,
IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
DURING WWII

 

Port Keats Emergency Landing Ground (ELG)

 

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Plan of Port Keats ELG

 

39 Radar Station RAAF was established at Mount Goodwin near Port Keats on 17 August 1942

Lindsay Jasper was stationed at Port Keats on at least 2 occasions when he served in the RAAF ( his "muster" was Guard) during World War II. Lindsay Jasper fondly remembered Father Docherty (who I understand is buried at Port Keats Mission) and Brother John Pye who were the two missionaries in charge at Port Keats during WW2. Lindsay's son David thinks his father actually lived there with Father Docherty and Brother Pye on the mission and he assumes (although he never asked him) that he was one of the guards at the 39 Radar Station RAAF.

 

MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES NEAR PORT KEATS DURING WW2

DATE LOCATION SERVICE AIRCRAFT SERIAL NO.
20 Mar 42 Into sea off Port Keats (Joseph Bonaparte Gulf
area, 63 miles north east of Wyndham)
RAAF Wirraway A20-62
31 Jan 43 near Port Keats NEI-AF B-25 Mitchell N5-134, #41-12885
?? Apr 44 near Port Keats RAAF Vultee Vengeance A27-527

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank David Jasper for his assistance with this home page.

 

Can anyone please help me with more information
on this airfield during WWII?

 

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