World War II Airstrip Strauss - NT

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Position DEG-12.65692 131.077393
DMS12º 39' 24.91" S 131º 04' 38.61" E
UTM 52 L 8599907mN 725626mE
Altitude44.38m
PlaceID80737
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Description

Place Type

Infrastructure - Airstrip

Location

11.98kms South of Mcminns Lagoon
34.24kms SouthEast of Darwin
43.83kms North of Batchelor
190.55kms West of Jabiru

Address & Contact

1980-2150 Stuart Hwy
Noonamah NT 0837
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Information

Strauss Field, 45 Klms south of Darwin, was built by the 808th Engineer Aviation Battalion, less Company A and HQ Detachment from 19 March to 27 April 1942. They built 5,000 ft of runway that was 100 ft wide with 10 to 20 ft shoulders paved with 4 inches of clay bound gravel and a coat of diesel oil. Also built was 2, 000 ft of taxiway 30 ft wide with 10 ft shoulders paved with 3 inches of gravel and 12 dispersals without revetments. and it still has the original bitumen.
Strauss Airstrip, dating from 1942-45, is one of the last surviving and most intact World War Two pursuit fighter installations in northern Australia. An important strategic component of the Allied defence of northern Australia, Strauss played a pivotal role in the air war against Japan by providing a base for the use of P40 Kittyhawk and Spitfire fighter squadrons.
Strauss was used by large numbers of American and British aircraft during the war, and has associations with Australia's engagement during the 20th Century in the crucial alliance with the United States and Great Britain.
Artefacts at Strauss Airstrip represent significant elements of a wartime airstrip with the potential to contribute to an understanding of the role of the pursuit fighter squadrons in Darwin during World War Two, in addition to informing the lives of servicemen in a (then) remote theatre of war.

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Middle Point at 01/02:30am CST
Distance from World War II Airstrip Strauss 24.69km E
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24.4°C 28.4°C 79% 20.5°C 1012.6hPa 0.0mm ENE 0km/hr
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Distance from World War II Airstrip Strauss 24.69km E
 JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C 33.433.133.334.1 33.231.932.633.9 36.337.236.235.0
Mean Min. °C 24.324.023.922.3 19.014.814.414.9 19.122.123.524.1
Mean Rain mm 281.9319.3271.3100.4 20.20.50.50.8 19.950.1119.0237.8
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