- Lake Boga Flying Boat Base
Lake Boga Flying Boat Base was a
Royal Australian Air Force(RAAF) flying boat base at Lake Boga, Victoria, Australiaduring World War II.
Imperial Japaneseattacked Darwin and Broome in 1942resulting in the loss of 16 flying boats, the establishment of a safe haven for flying boats was required inland as a remote facility outside the sphere of Japanese airplanes. Lake Boga was picked as it allowed almost unlimited choice of landing/take off directions and was free of obstructions. It was also close to nearby infrastructure.
Required for Australian,
Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Forceand United Statesflying boat servicing and repairs, Lake Boga was commissioned in June 1942. No. 1 Flying Boat Repair and Service Depotwas set up to provide the repair and servicing requirements.
Facilities constructed at the base included workshops and hangars on the foreshore, a stores area, living quarters, sick quarters at Castle Donnington, a first-aid and dental post, a radio transmitting station and a VHF transmitting station.
Flying boats serviced, repaired, restored, rebuilt or overhauled during the operation of the base were
PBY Catalina, Dornier Do 24, OS2U Kingfisher, Short Sunderland, Supermarine Walrusand Martin Mariner.
The station at Lake Boga closed in November
The underground Communications Bunker has been transformed into the Flying Boat Museum. Catalina (A24-30) has been reconstructed as a memorial to the personnel who served at No 1 Flying Boat Repair Depot during World War II.
* [http://www.ozatwar.com/airfields/lakebogafbb.htm OzatWar website]
* [http://www.murrayriver.com.au/attractions/flyingboatmuseum/default.htm Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum]
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