Fenton Airfield

Fenton Airfield

Fenton Airfield was an airfield at Tipperary Station, Hayes Creek, Northern Territory, Australia during World War II.

The airfield was built by C Company and HQ Detachment of the 808th Engineer Aviation Battalion between 27 April 1942 till 16 July 1942. The airfield was named after Flight Lieutenant Clyde Fenton. The single runway was 6,000ft (1,828.8m) long and 100ft (30.48m) wide.

Mainly utilised by Liberator bombers mounting long range raids against Japanese forces in the Netherlands East Indies North Western Area of Operations and the South West Pacific Area.

Further development of the airfield was undertaken by No. 1 Airfield Construction Squadron RAAF, No 14 Airfield Construction Squadron RAAF and New South Wales Department of Main Roads under the Allied Works Council. The runway was enlarged to approximately 7,218ft (2,200m) long and 164ft (50m) wide and about sixty aircraft dispersal bays, some with earthen revetments.

In late 1945, the airfield was abandoned. The remnants of the control tower remain and items of aircraft wreckage can be found in the area.

Units based at Fenton Airfield

*No. 1 Airfield Construction Squadron RAAF
*No. 6 Repair and Salvage Unit RAAF
*No. 11 Signals Unit RAAF
*No. 14 Airfield Construction Squadron RAAF
*No. 21 Squadron RAAF (B-24)
*No. 23 Squadron RAAF (B-24)
*No. 24 Squadron RAAF (B-24)
*43rd Materiel Squadron, Fifth Air Force, United States Army Air Force
*64th Bombardment Squadron of 43rd Bomb Group, Fifth Air Force, United States Army Air Force(B-17)
*82nd Wing RAAF (No.'s 21, 23 & 24 Squadrons RAAF)
*319th Bombardment Squadron of 90th Bomb Group, Fifth Air Force, United States Army Air Force (B-24)
*528th Bombardment Squadron of 380th Bomb Group, Fifth Air Force, United States Army Air Force (B-24)
*529th Bombardment Squadron of 380th Bomb Group, Fifth Air Force, United States Army Air Force (B-24)
*530th Bombardment Squadron of 380th Bomb Group, Fifth Air Force, United States Army Air Force (B-24)
*531st Bombardment Squadron of 380th Bomb Group, Fifth Air Force, United States Army Air Force (B-24)
*808th Engineer Aviation Battalion, United States Army

Japanese Bombing Raids on Fenton Airfield

*30 June 1943 (12:30pm)
*6 July 1943 (12:02pm)
*13 August 1943 (9:45pm)
*13 August 1943 (11:12 pm)
*21 August 1943 (03:07 am)
*15 September 1943 (00:25 am)
*18 September 1943 (03:50 am)

References

* [http://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/australia_darwin.html#fenton Pacific War Wrecks Database]
* [http://www.ozatwar.com/airfields/fenton.htm OzatWarWebsite]
* [http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/heritage/ntregister/declared/display.html?fenton Northern Territory Heritage Listing]
* [http://hk.travelnt.com/search/product-detail.aspx?product_id=9000460&category=ATTRACTION Northern Territory Attractions]

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