Mareeba Aerodrome War MemorialPrint Page
Mareeba Aerodrome War Memorial commemorates the role of the airfield during World War Two. The Memorial is a wall with an aircraft propeller.
A major US Army Air Force Base during World War Two, Mareeba housed both heavy bomber and fighter squadrons of that Service in 1942 and 1943. The Americans referred to it as Hoevet Field in honor of Major Dean Carol "Pinky" Hoevet who was killed on 16 August 1942.
With the departure of the American units, Mareeba was then used by Nos 5 and 100 Squadrons, No 5 Communication Unit and a variety of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) support units, with No 24 Operational Base Unit disbanding in early 1946.
|Address:||Vicary Road, Mareeba Airfield, Mareeba, 4880|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -17.070164|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
THIS AERODROME PLAYED A DECISIVE PART IN
KEEPING AUSTRALIA FREE FROM INVASION
DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR - 1939 - 1945.
ALLIED AIRCRAFT FROM THE 19TH AND 43RD
BOMBARDMENT GROUPS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY AIRFORCE AND FROM THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
LAUNCHED AN AIR OFFENSIVE AGAINST THE
JAPANESE INVADERS IN JUNE/JULY, 1942.