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    Fenton Airfield Northern Territory Australia
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Doug Tilley Nov 2008

Location
Fenton Airfield is located near Brocks Creek in in Northern Territory of Australia. Roughly 100 kilometers to the north is Darwin. Also known as "Fenton Field". This location was known to the Japanese as "Brocks Creek Airfield" for nearby
Brocks Creek.

Construction
During late 1942 built by Australian with a single sealed runway.
Named "Fenton Field" after Flying doctor Clyde Fenton. By early 1943 the airfield was improved and expanded.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) primarily for B-24 Liberators. During early 1943, suffered air raids by Japanese bombers.

Jim Wright, The Flying Circus, page 95 adds:
"Aussie construction crews had finished the broad airstrip, with thirty-five revetments, semicircular patches of paving sticking out from four paved lanes that connected with the main runway."

Allied units based at Fenton Airfield
USAAF, 5th Air Force

43rd BG, 64rd BS (B-17) Iron Range Oct 12, 1942 - Aug 2, 1942 Daly Waters
90th BG 319th BS (B-24 detachment) Iron Range November 1942
380th BG, HQ USA April 28, 1943 - August 9, 1944 Darwin
380th BG, 528 BS (B-24) USA April 28, 1943 - Aug 20, 1944 Darwin
380th BG, 530th BS (B-24) USA April 28, 1943 - Aug 9, 1944 Darwin
RAAF
82nd Wing
21 Squadron (B-24)
23 Squadron (B-24)
24 Squadron (B-24)

Japanese missions against Fenton
April, 1943–July 6, 1943

Today
Disused today, the main runway is still clear and useable by light aircraft.

B-24D Liberator 42-40504
Tail and fuselage section recovered 1970 recovered at Australian Aviation Heritage Centre

B-24D "Snafu" 42-40513
Damage September 15, 1943, fuselage recovered to Australian Aviation Heritage Centre

CW-22 Falcon
Destroyed on the ground June 30, 1943 by Japanese air raid

References
380th BG Association Our Amazing Trip to Fenton by Bill Shek
The Flying Circus (2005) page 98
The Best in the Southwest: The 380th Bomb Group in World War II (1995) page 44
Darwin's Air War (2011) page 114

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