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Daniel Leahy 2012
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Daniel Leahy 2012

Hughes Field was located 30 miles south of Darwin and two miles south of Strauss Field (28 Mile), inland from the highway to Darwin. Known as "Hughes Field" or "30 Mile", in reference to the distance from Darwin.

Wartime History
Used by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the war.

Allied units based at Hughes
1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (1 PRU, F-4 Lightning) August - December 6, 1942 Coomalie Creek
13 Squadron (Hudson) 1943
2 Squadron (Hudson/Mitchell) ? - August 14, 1945 Sepinggang

Japanese missions against Hughes
August 23, 1942

Still in use today as an airfield for firebombing operations.

Daniel Leahy adds:
"I went to visit Hughes while in the NT on October 11, 2012, but it’s still used as for firebombing operations."

Wirraway A20-599
Destroyed by Japanese air raid on August 23, 1942

Buffalo A51-6
Destroyed by Japanese air raid on August 23, 1942

Lockheed Hudson Serial Number A16-186
Pilot Mason crashed June 12, 1943 crashed 1 mile northeast of Hughes Field

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Last Updated
October 25, 2019


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