RAAF  NO. 21 INLAND AIRCRAFT FUEL DEPOT YARRAMAN
YARRAMAN, QLD DURING WW2

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The RAAF had six Inland Aircraft Fuel Depots in Queensland during WW2 at:-

No. 7 IAFD Toowoomba
No. 9 IAFD Charters Towers
No. 22 IAFD Roma
No. 21 IAFD Yarraman
No. 23 IAFD Cloncurry

There were 5 massive fuel storage tanks that were built in the hills at the old railway station at Yarraman in Queensland. Yarraman is located about 180 kms from Brisbane. 

Very few people in Yarraman seem to know anything about the fuel tanks. They were built into a the side of a rocky hill and are lined with 13 mm steel. Apparently they were never used for fuel storage in the war and there is also a bomb shelter left as it was. They were a great playground for children over the years.  There is covered tunnels that you can walk up and there are pipes and flanges where the fuel was to be pumped into and taken out of the tanks.

All Inland Aircraft Fuel Depot sites were located on railway lines for access by rail tankers, but were situated well away from the airfields they serviced as these were bulk storage facilities. Fuel would be transported from the IAFD to the airfield fuel tanks by road tanker.


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Original man-proof fence

 


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Original man-proof fence

 


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Original man-proof fence

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson 21 Apr 07

Original man-proof fence

 


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Original man-proof fence

 


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Original man-proof fence

 


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No. 1 Tank

 


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No. 1 Tank

 


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No. 1 Tank

 


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No. 1 Tank

 


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Inside No. 1 Tank

 


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Unknown metal cylinder beside No. 1 Tank

 


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Dirt track to No. 2 Tank

 


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No. 2 Tank

 


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No. 2 Tank

 


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No. 2 Tank

 


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Standing on top of No. 2 Tank

 


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Tunnel to No. 2 Tank

 


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House built on No. 3 Tank

 


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No. 4 Tank

 


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Tunnel to No. 4 Tank

 


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On top of Tank No. 4

 


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Inside Tank No. 4

 


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Inside Tank No. 4

 


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Inside one of the tank tunnels

 


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Details of planking in underground entrance

 


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View from dirt road of underground buildings

 


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Semi-underground shelter

 


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Semi-underground shelter

 


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Graffiti inside the semi-underground shelter. I've had to blur
out one inappropriate word that some idiot has sprayed on the wall

 


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Semi-circular retaining wall beside the semi-underground shelter

 


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Remains of drum loading platform

 


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Access to Ethyl storage

 


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Access to underground storage

 


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Access to underground storage

 


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Access to underground storage

 


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Inside the underground storage

 


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General view of area - that may be the old Yarraman Railway Station in the distance

 


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Old Yarraman Railway Station area

 


Photo:- Chris Jamesson 21 Apr 07

Photograph of Tank No. 2 showing how well concealed the tanks were in the ground.
During WW2 the whole of the tank would have been covered with dirt and grass mound.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Chris Jamesson, Ian Jenkins and Jason Butler for his assistance with this home page.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

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

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