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Cairns

During World War II, RAAF operations at Cairns consisted of two major elements. Flying boats operated from the base at the coast, and Nos 11 and 20 Squadrons flew long-range missions against Japanese shipping and submarines from late 1942 until September 1944. At the Cairns airfield, a variety of RAAF units transited through the base, and it was also an important staging airfield for Allied units heading to the South-West Pacific theatre of operations.









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