BOHLE RIVER AIRFIELD
NEAR TOWNSVILLE, QLD
DURING WW2

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Bohle River airfield - 21 July 1943
Now used as a Drag Strip for the Townsville region

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View of Bohle River airfield looking towards Townsville

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View of Bohle River airfield looking towards Mount Stuart. The edge of Mount Louisa can be seen in the top left of the photo. Note all the Mustangs parked along the edge of the runway.

 

8 Squadron RAAF was reformed on 12 March 1943 at Fairbairn with Australian built Bristol Beauforts prior to moving to Bohle River. 8 Squadron RAAF, a torpedo Bomber squadron, was based at Bohle airfield near Townsville from 31 May 1943 until 23 August 1943 when they moved to Goodenough Island.

The Kittyhawks of 86 Squadron RAAF moved from Gawler to the Townsville area on 6 May 1943. They relocated to Merauke in New Guinea on 5 July 1943. The squadron moved from Merauke back to the Bohle airfield to be disbanded on 26 May 1944. They reformed at Macrossan on 25 June 1944. The squadron moved from Macrossan to the Bohle airfield again on 10 January 1945. 

 

AIRCRAFT CRASHES AT BOHLE RIVE AIRFIELD DURING WW2

DATE LOCATION SERVICE AIRCRAFT SERIAL NO. & NOTES
22 Aug 42 Bohle River airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-54 (#T9606) "Malay Mascot" of 100 Squadron
abt Jan 43 Bohle River area RAAF Beaufort A9-?
6 Jul 43 2 miles SW Bohle River airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-264, 4 died
10 Jul 43 Bohle River airfield RAAF Beaufort A9-229
9 Mar 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40M Kittyhawk A29-335 #43-5652), collided with A29-342 (see below)
9 Mar 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40M Kittyhawk A29-342 (#43-5422), collided with A29-335 (see above), 1 killed
8 Apr 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40N Kittyhawk A29-446 (#42-104728)
19 Mar 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40M Kittyhawk A29-330 (#43-5434)
4 Jul 45 Bohle River RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-460 collided with Kittyhawk below
4 Jul 45 Garbutt Airfield RAAF P-40 Kittyhawk A29-484 collided with Kittyhawk above
7 Jul 45 Bohle River RAAF P-51 Mustang A68-506 (#44-12482)
5 Aug 45 Bohle River airfield RAAF Mustang A68-546 (#44-12626)
5 Oct 45 3,000 feet above Bohle River Airfield RAAF Mustang A68-549 (#44-12479)
16 Oct 45 near Bohle River airfield RAAF P-40 N20 Kittyhawk A29-481 (#42-104703)

 

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