MOBILE EXPLOSIVES INVESTIGATION
UNIT NO. 1, US NAVY
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WW2
|visits since 17 January 2004|
The Mobile Explosives
Investigation Unit. No.1, US Navy, was located on the southern side of
the Brisbane River in Brisbane, Queensland (marked with a cross at bottom right of the above map)
The above map would seem to indicate that it was in the vicinity of today's Goodwin Park or the Downs Oval at Yeronga in Brisbane (UBD Map No. 179, Ref. 8J.).
The Mobile Explosives Investigation Unit. No.1, US Navy, supplied mine and bomb disposal teams for the Southwest Pacific Area. They were required to break down and analyse Japanese explosive ordnance and to furnish general intelligence information on Japanese ordnance to disposal personnel in forward areas.
The Unit had a 9ft by 9ft prefabricated plywood stack building which they used for disassembling bomb fuses. There as a much larger 408 ft by 122 ft wood frame prefabricated building with plasterboard siding which was used for offices, a school room and a museum.
The unit had the following equipment at their camp at Yeronga:-
1 X-ray machine
1 photographic laboratory with equipment
1 radium camera
1 electric generator
1 steam boiler
1 small machine-shop
On 15 September 1944 there were 20 officers and 27 enlisted men based at the camp. On 7 November 1944 there were 25 officers and 36 enlisted men at the camp.
Can anyone tell me the exact location of this camp?
Facilities Report, U.S. Naval Activities, Southwest Pacific Area
Complied by Commander Seventh Fleet
I'd like to thank Russell Miller for his assistance with this home page.
© Peter Dunn 2004
This page first produced 17 January 2004
This page last updated 17 January 2004