Gorrie Airfield

Gorrie Airfield was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) airfield in the Northern Territory of Australia during World War II located about 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Larrimah in what is now the locality of Elsey.[1]

The airfield was named after South Australian airman Peter C Gorrie (1918-1942), who died in RAAF service with No 2 Squadron on 12 January 1942, flying from Burus Island against a Japanese fleet which was landing troops at Menado, North Celebes Island; his Hudson bomber was shot down over Kema Bay, one of four 2 Squadron Hudsons lost in that mission.

The establishment at Gorrie comprised over 6,000 RAAF personnel responsible for aircraft and vehicle maintenance for the RAAF and United States Army Air Forces. A large petrol storage and bomb dump were constructed as part of the airfield. The remains of the runway and many of the buildings and structures are still visible.

Part of the airfield covering an area of 10.46 hectares (25.8 acres) was listed on the Northern Territory Heritage Register on 28 July 2010 under the name, "WII Gorrie Airfield Precinct".[1][2]

Units based at Gorrie Airfield

  • No. 9 Stores Depot (RAAF)
  • No. 14 Aircraft Repair Depot (RAAF)
  • No. 18 Replenishing Centre (RAAF)
  • No. 55 Operational Base Unit (RAAF)

See also


  1. "WWII Gorrie Airfield Precinct". Heritage Register. Northern Territory Government. 28 July 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. Hampton, Karl Rio. "NORTHERN TERRITORY OF AUSTRALIA, Heritage Conservation Act, DECLARATION OF HERITAGE PLACE, WII GORRIE AIRFIELD PRECINCT". Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 27 April 2019.


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