Queensland Airfields WW2 – 50 Years On......The Book

By Roger R Marks
Published October 1994

About the Book

THE BOOK... was A4 size, 284 pages with full colour stiff card cover, 6 analytical Appendices, Bibliography and comprehensive Index. Inside, the approx 370 photos, map and drawing extracts are monochrome.

Some people collect old clocks - for others it can be sporting figure cards, or the lowly postage stamp. Lately, an increasingly popular focus has settled on restoring old aeroplanes, often to factory-fresh flying condition. There, even minimal involvement evokes attention to the history of places where aircraft landed, taxied, were serviced, rested(?) whole or in pieces, were loaded and dispatched to fly that cycle again. Such places were aerodromes and when the warrior in us prompts more interest in RAAF Kittyhawks or US B-26 Marauders, than the placid DeHavilland Gypsy Moth, we are ready to address this reference work on the WW2 Military Aviation History of Queensland, entitled: Queensland Airfields WW2 - 50 Years On.

This book reviews more than 190 sites of relevance. It guides you right to them with current day map references and 'lat-longs' (GPS). For the 60 most prominent airfields in the State 1939-1945, a total of some 376 photos, maps and drawing extracts combine with the often verbatim reports and descriptions either dredged from Archives or taped from veterans.

QAWW2 Front Cover

The emphasis is constantly on authenticity. Wherever feasible the author has included the edge detail on surviving photos, whether he understands it or not! A fascinating list of WW2 period aerial photography of the sites makes up Appendix 4 in this book. Known sources and/or repositories of such surviving prints are set out. Regrettably, some such historic photography listed in old CPE (RAAF Central Photographic Establishment) Master Negative Registers does not appear to have survived. In crucial cases, the author has listed these too. He hopes that families poised to bin those old photos Dad had from the War, may pause and check the sketchy edge detail against Appendix 4.

Look on Queensland Airfields WW2 - 50 Years On as a coffee table standard... Take it with you on that caravan or bus trip you have planned through Queensland. Amongst the accounts of the 'big ones' like Garbutt, Charters Towers, Eagle Farm and Amberley, you'll find the frontier bases like Horn Island and Iron Range on Cape York or Inverleigh in the Gulf country. The book will take you right to the site but you should remember two things – many have reverted to just bushland and many to private property. Make sure you obtain permission before you enter.

QAWW2 Back Cover

The Airfields

The following is a list of the airfields covered in the book...from north to south, by increasing south latitude...

  • Horn Island
  • Higgins
  • Elliot
  • Iron Range
  • Coen
  • Cooktown
  • Mitchell River Mission
  • Wrotham Park
  • Cairns
  • Mareeba
  • Karumba
  • Dunk Island
  • Inverleigh
  • Augustus Downs
  • Carpentaria Downs
  • Garbutt
  • Stockroute
  • Bohle River
  • Ross River
  • Aitkenvale
  • Antil Plains
  • Giru
  • Woodstock
  • Reid River
  • Fanning
  • Breddan
  • Macrossan
  • Bowen
  • Charters Towers
  • Balfes Creek
  • Cloncurry
  • Torrens Creek
  • Mackay
  • Mt Hedlow
  • Rockhampton
  • Longreach
  • Barcaldine
  • Blackall
  • Bundaberg
  • Maryborough
  • Charleville
  • Kingaroy
  • Condamine
  • Toogoolawah
  • Brymaroo
  • Petrie-Strathpine
  • Coominya
  • Eagle Farm
  • Oakey
  • Lowood
  • Cecil Plains
  • Toowoomba
  • Archerfield
  • Gailes
  • Amberley
  • Woodridge
  • Loganlea
  • Waterford
  • Goolman
  • Leyburn

How to Get The Book

While the book is no longer in print, it is now available in digital format word-searchable on a usb mem-stick posted anywhere in Australia. Interested? Please contact us.

Cost: $40. Free postage within Australia

A major development since producing QAWW2 is my now enduring interest in a new project to... BRING HOME THE IMAGES...