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    Long Airfield Northern Territory Australia

380th BG c1944
Location
Long Airfield was located near Hayes Creek to the south of Darwin in Northern Territory of Australia. Also known as "Long Strip".

Construction
In late 1943, built by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) No.14 Airfield Construction Squadron in as a single runway 2,400' x 50' surfaced with bitumen with fifty-three aircraft revetments. This airfield was developed to support Fenton Airfield the main base of the 380th Bombardment Group.

American units based at Long
380th BG, 529th BS (B-24) Manbulloo Nov 7, 43 - July 10, 44 Darwin
380th BG, 531st BS (B-24) Manbulloo Dec 5, 1943 - July 21, 44 Darwin

Japanese missions against Long Airfield
August 14, 1943
September 15 1943 at 00:25 am
September 18, 1943 at 03:50 am

Today
Abandoned since the war. The remains of the main runway are visible, along with taxiways and aircraft hardstands visible, but in a very deteriorated state. No buildings or other structures remain.

The airfield is accessible by road by traveling south on Stuart Highway (Highway 1) then turning west on Dorat Road (Highway 23), then turning south after about 1.5 Km on Douglas Road. The airfield lies to the east, after about 3-4km, by crossing scrub land.

References
Airdromes in the Northern Territory between Darwin an Birdum.RAAF 21/DEC/1943 National Library of Australia

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Last Updated
October 23, 2019

 

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