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Northern Peninsula Airport

Once named Jackey Jackey Airfield, latter Higginsfield was originally constructed by the United States Army Corps, but they abandoned it on 26/12/42 before it was completed. The airstrip was then 3000 meters by 90 meters.

The Royal Australian Air Force developed the airstrip as a heavy bomber field and the first bomber flights were made on 25/12/43. The R.A.A.F. were to remain there until 17/12/47. The airfield was the first in the Torres Straits to be used for bomber raids in Papua New Guinea and Southern Dutch New Guinea. The airfield was named in honour ofF/OBH Higgins who was awarded the DFC for bombing Japanese installations of Rabaul and Gasmata. He was Killed on 24/5/43.

Higginsfield was the base for No.23 and No.7 Squadrons. Bush Pilots began regular flights to Bamaga from 1971 when the strip again was put to regular use and repaired.

There are two aircraft wrecks located near Bamaga airport, a Beaufort A9-190 Bomber lies North of the runway and a Douglas DC-3, VH-CXD now preserved as a war memorial can be found 3 km North-West.

DC3 Crash Site

NPA wreck plane

USAAF Douglas C– 49H (DC3) VH-CXD operated by ANA, Australian National Airways under charter for military purposes and utilising R.A.A.F. aircrew, left Archerfeild Air Base in Brisbane at 20.39pm on the 4th May 1945 on a regular courier run to Port Moresby New Guinea.

This Douglas Aircraft was assembled by Fokker in April 1937 and came into Australian airspace in March 1942, assigned to U.S.A.A.F. on the 15th May 1942 after repairs and modifications to convert it to a freighter by 28th February 1943 it was then taken up by the R.A.A.F. Archerfield 33 Squadron

On the 5th May 1945 crashed 2 miles west of Higginsfield at 05.18 on flight from Archerfield with fresh meat for troops in Port Moresby, hit trees on approach in poor visibility all on board perished.

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