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    Batchelor Field (RAAF Batchelor) Northern Territory Australia
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19th BG Sept 10, 1941

Lat 13° 4' 0S 131° 1' 59E  Batchelor Field is located to the south of Batchelor and Darwin connected by a rail road line. Also known as "Batchelor Airfield" or "RAAF Batchelor".

Built prewar and used as a small Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) training base.

Wartime History
During 1941, used by U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress bombers as part of the Pacific ferry route across the Pacific via Mindanao to the Philippines.

During the early months of the Pacific War, Batchelor Field was used by US aircraft withdrawing from the Philippines via Mindanao to Australia. Later, it was part of the ferry route for P-40E Warhawk fighters flying to Java. Then, for American aircraft evacuating Java back to Australia.

On March 16, 1942 four bombers B-17E 41-2408, B-17E 41-2429, B-17E 41-2434 and B-17E "San Antonio Rose II" 41-2447 departed Del Monte Airfield evacuating General Douglas MacArthur, his family and senior staff from the Philippines and landed at Batchelor Field.

On April 29, 1942 In the afternoon at Batchelor Field, a P-40E Warhawk piloted by 2nd Lt. Robert G. Hazard from the 49th Fighter Group lost control on take off and crashed into a parked Lockheed C-40 (Lockheed Model 12) piloted by Major Joseph "Joe" H. Moore and the passengers began exiting including U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) Brigadier General Harold Huston George and passengers aboard. Wreckage from the crash possibly one of the P-40's wheels struk General George in the head severely injuring him. Two others standing nearby were killed instantly including 2nd Lieutenant Robert D. Jasper and war correspondent Melville Jacoby, TIME/LIFE and 2nd Lt. Robert D. Jasper who was driving a jeep to pick up the party.

Afterwards, Batchelor Field was used a forward staging base for bombers attacking Japanese occupied targets in the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). During November 2-4, 1942 B-26 Mauraders from the 22nd Bombardment Group used Batchelor as a staging base for bombing missions against Dili and Aileu on Timor.

Allied units based at Bachelor Field
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) units
12 Squadron Pell September 16, 1942 - November 7, 1943 Merauke
34 Squadron (DH.84, Anson) Daly Waters May 13, 1942 - July 15, 1942 Hughes
6 Communications Unit Manbulloo February 27, 1943 - October 7, 1945 Darwin
U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) units
19th BG, 28th BS (B-17 air echelon) Del Monte December 17, 1941 - December 20, 1941 - Dec 30, 1941 Singosari
19th BG, 93rd BS (B-17) Clark Field December 19, 1941 - January 1, 1942 Singosari
19th BG, 30th BS (B-17 air echelon) Clark Field December 20, 1941 - December 31, 1941 Batchelor
7th BG, 14th BS (B-17 air echelon) December 24 - Dec 30, 1941 Singosari
49th FG, 7th FS (P-40) February 1942 with a detachment at Horn - September 19, 1942 14 Mile Drome
49th FG, 9th FS (P-40) Williamtown February 18, 1942 - October 10, 1942 14 Mile Drome
27th BG, HQ Bataan March 1, 1942
49th FG, 8th FS (P-40) Fairbairn April 17, 1942 - ?
38th BG, 71st BS (B-26) Ballarat April 30, 1942 - August 12, 1942 Breddan
49th FG, HQ ? - October 9, 1942 14 Mile Drome
Netherlands East Indies Air Force (NEIAF) units
18 Squadron (B-25C) McDonald April 13, 1943 - March 10, 1944 Potshot Mar 23, 1944 - July 17, 1945 Balikpapan

F-4 Lightning Serial Number A55-3
Force landed December 10, 1943

B-17D Flying Fortress Serial Number 40-3067
Pilot Teats crashed January 27, 1942

Still in use today, known as Batchelor Airport with airport code ICAO: YBCR.


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Last Updated
October 23, 2019


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