NO. 28 INLAND AIRCRAFT FUEL DEPOT (RAAF)
NO. 28 IAFD, GLADSTONE, S.A.
DURING WW2

hline.gif (2424 bytes)

visits since 5 September 2006

 

In early 1939, the Chief of the Air Staff requested a RAAF committee to investigate the specifications for storage tanks in inland locations to store aviation fuel and oil. They were to be located inland to make them immune to attacks from carrier based aircraft.

The Construction of 19 inland aircraft fuel depots and extensions to 5 existing fuel depots was approved in War Cabinet Minute No. 1963, dated 9 March 1942. These 19 sites would store 20, 760, 000 gallons of aircraft fuel.

Typically each depot had a workforce of 5 personnel as follows:-

The construction work on these depots was substantially completed by October 1943. A total of 31 Inland Aircraft Fuel Depots were in operation by May 1944.

TOURIST INFORMATION

The 4 mounds in front of you were fuel tanks (Holding Capacity Approx. ?? million Litres) erected in 1941 for fuel storage that could be readily piped to railway tankers to be distributed as Required. After World War II the large doorways were cut into the tanks and the steel linings removed.

 
Note the large doorway cut into the tank
Note the large doorway cut into the tank
Looking inside the doorway
Looking inside the doorway
The inside of the Fuel Tank
The inside of the Fuel Tank
 
Concrete Building on the site
Concrete Building on the site
Does anyone know what these are?
 
 
 
 
Another doorway cut in the tank
Does anyone know what this is?
A boundary fence at the site

 

REFERENCE

"Units of the Royal Australian Air Force - A Concise History"
Volume 6 - Logistics Units
compiled by the RAAF Historical Section

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Philip Sidney David-Smith for his assistance with this web page.

 

In Association with Amazon.com

Heaps of WW2
books available at
Amazon.com

                         "Australia @ War"
                         

Copyright

 Peter Dunn 2006

Disclaimer

Click here to E-Mail me
any information or photographs


 "Australia @ War"
Available on CD-R

Peter Dunn's
explode.gif (15799 bytes) AUSTRALIA @ WAR explode.gif (15799 bytes)
WWW.OZATWAR.COM


Do you need a holiday!
Sun, surf, beautiful beaches and lots more!


  Genealogy Software
190 Mbytes of Genealogy Indexes & Programs

This page first produced 5 September 2006

This page last updated 06 September 2006