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Published June 27th 2014
Just plane interesting
The existence of a military airfield in Werribee during World War 2 is a possibly not very well known piece of Melburnian history. According to the Victorian Heritage Register:
The Werribee Satellite Aerodrome was constructed in 1942 on land leased from the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works in 1940. It served throughout the Second World War as a satellite to the nearby Point Cook and Laverton RAAF airfields. The aerodrome consisted of five timber trussed hangars, a workshop building and an area of accommodation and administration buildings. The airfield was grass with no formed runways. In 1952 the land, including the buildings was returned to the MMBW. Only the hangars and workshop building remain.
Residing in one of the hangars on the site is a B-24 Liberator Bomber in the process of being lovingly restored by volunteers. Open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, you can visit to learn more about this fascinating piece of Australia's aviation history, chat to the volunteers and possibly even become one.
The Liberator has been assembled from parts sourced from Australia and around the world. Given that one of these planes is made up of more than 1.2 million pieces, finding or making them is quite an amazing effort.
Aside from the Liberator itself, there's a working model of the Link Trainer flight simulator and multiple other pieces of equipment, photos, stories and memorabilia related to the history of the planes, their pilots, crews and operations.