911TH SIGNAL COMPANY DEPOT (AVIATION)
4TH AIR DEPOT GROUP, 5TH AIR FORCE
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2

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The 911th Signal Company of the 4th Air Depot Group, was assigned to Depot #2 (Townsville Air Depot or TAD). Their job was to provide ground and air communications. They operated a "Message Center" in a large concrete bunker at Ramsay Street, Garbutt. They were also responsible for the repair of all Signal Corps equipment used by the Air Corps, including radar.

In May 1944, Captain Joe J. Delaney was the Company Commander of the 911th Signal Company Depot (Aviation).

Robert Bolton, a member of the 911th Signal Company, had the job of running the Signal Supply Depot. He would also fill in as base Signal Officer in the absence of the CO.

The 911th Signal Company tested air-borne radar on the top of Castle Hill. This included a newly developed radar gun-sight, and search radar for the P-61 night fighters that were starting to come through the depot.

They would test air-borne radars that had been repaired in the parking area on top of Castle Hill by checking on the ships in the harbour with a Jeep they had rigged specifically for that purpose.

 

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I'd like to thank Robert Bolton for his assistance with this home page.

 

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