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    Parap Airfield (Darwin Civil Aerodrome, Ross Smith Aerodrome) Northern Territory Australia

Daniel Leahy 2012
Location
Lat 12° 25' 41"S Long 130° 50' 35"E  Parap Airfield was located in the suburb of Parap in Darwin in the Northern Territory (NT) in Australia. Also known as Darwin Civil Aerodrome or Ross Smith Aerodrome for nearby Ross Smith Avenue.

Construction
Parap Airfield was established as the Australian hub for the 1919 air race from England to Australia.

Wartime units based at Parap (Darwin Civil Aerodrome)
12 Squadron (Wirraway) September 1939 - ?
34 Squadron (DH-84) formed at Darwin Civil February 23, 1942 - ?

Post War
In 1945, RAAF Darwin was opened up to civil operators, so there was no longer a need for a separate civilian airfield. Flight operations ceased at Parap ceased before the end of 1946.

Today
The present day Ross Smith Avenue runs where the Parap Airfield runways once ran. The wartime Qantas hangar still stands.

References
Pacific Airfields - Darwin Civil

Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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