Wartime aerodrome

Pearl Harbour

US Navy sailors in a motor launch rescue a survivor from the water alongside the sunken battleship USS West Virginia, 7 December 1941 at Pearl Harbour.

In 1939 the Eagle Farm airfield was rapidly upgraded as an aviation training school for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

On 7 December 1941 the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbour, starting the war in the Pacific and bringing the United States of America into the conflict. The bombing of Pearl Harbour was closely followed by the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. On 19 February 1942 the Japanese bombed Darwin. It was Australia’s first ever direct attack by a foreign nation.

On 18 April 1942 Prime Minister Curtin endorsed US General MacArthur as Supreme Commander of the War in the South West Pacific. Eagle Farm was immediately developed as a major aircraft assembly depot and military aerodrome for the American forces. Brisbane was the front line, south of which was to be defended at all costs.

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