WW2 Relic Hunt: RAAF Forward Airfield – Cape York Australia.

We make our 2nd visit the site of a forward airstrip used by both the RAAF and USAAC in the defence of Northern Australia against Japanese air raids during WW2. Extensive drum dumps, personnel camp sites, dispersal taxi-ways and some bomb-proof aircraft revetments remain in the bush. This is the second video in a series of hunts at this facility. Please note that no relic hunting or metal detecting is carried out in the area of declared historical wrecks or memorial sites – as ex-RAAF members we treat these sites with the utmost respect. Thanks for watching and please take the time to visit our site www.nqexplorers.com. Happy Hunting everyone!

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  1. Thanks very much for watching our videos MrStu, much appreciated mate – hope your research leads you to some old sites over there. Best wishes mate and Happy Hunting!

  2. Hi Cobba (Warren)?
    Great vid, very informative. I’d love to do a trip like this.
    I’m in Western Australia, I think we have some old military site up in our Northwest as well. Haven’t a clue where they are though.
    Going to watch the next vid now….
    Cheers

  3. Great adventure NQ! Always enjoy the trip thru the past. Cool coins and homemade ashtray. Very cool. Also love the bottles with the dates on the bottom.

  4. Thankyou for watching and commenting. Not sure about the restrictions but will check with Warren and see what to do. Regards Colleen.

  5. Thanks for watching and commenting – sorry about this video not being available on iPad, it is because of the music I used and YouTube will restricts it – I am unable to make it available on mobile devices as the option is blanked out. My latest video should be viewable as we have discontinued using music so that the videos can be viewed on Ipad – once again thanks for viewing and best wishes!

  6. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting – sorry about this video not being available on iPad, it is because of the music I used and YouTube will restricts it – I am unable to make it available on mobile devices as the option is blanked out. My latest video should be viewable as we have discontinued using music so that the videos can be viewed on Ipad – once again thanks for viewing and best wishes!

  7. You have a restriction for viewers using iPads. All your other videos work, just not this one and the one related to this one. Can you change it so iPad can play it? Love your videos!

  8. found my first buttons today! Having watched you dig so many out and your excitement I thought I’d share mine. One is brass, no marking. The other is white glass or porcelain with a metal edge. Copper I think from the green tinge. I also found what I think are bullet slugs. They are lead, bit bigger than a tic tac. Rather squashed but seem to have had a hollow at one end. Some type of Minie balls.? One is flattened at an angle from hitting something.

  9. [..YouTube..] found my first buttons today! Having watched you dig so many out and your excitement I thought I’d share mine. One is brass, no marking. The other is white glass or porcelain with a metal edge. Copper I think from the green tinge. I also found what I think are bullet slugs. They are lead, bit bigger than a tic tac. Rather squashed but seem to have had a hollow at one end. Some type of Minie balls.? One is flattened at an angle from hitting something.

  10. Another great video NQ.
    The research footage you add makes the viewing even more interesting. The kitchen oven interested me cos it looked like a boiler. More photo’s or footage needed before I comment further. Live ammo is always considered an issue these days even though as a kid we had it in the kitchen drawer.

    Look forward to the next video.

    Rob

  11. [..YouTube..] Another great video NQ.
    The research footage you add makes the viewing even more interesting. The kitchen oven interested me cos it looked like a boiler. More photo’s or footage needed before I comment further. Live ammo is always considered an issue these days even though as a kid we had it in the kitchen drawer.

    Look forward to the next video.

    Rob

  12. Great video; great collection of interesting finds! I love seeing the WWII ordnance coming out of the ground. The clips of old footage you add to your vids really adds authenticity! HH and best of luck!

  13. [..YouTube..] Great video; great collection of interesting finds! I love seeing the WWII ordnance coming out of the ground. The clips of old footage you add to your vids really adds authenticity! HH and best of luck!

  14. Thanks for watching ED, apologies for the 22 minutes you lost (use up a whole day of Iroc’s internet allocation LOL). I can upload a 1 hour video if you think this one is a bit short LOL. Off again for a few weeks before the next upload so you can relax – will catch up on all your new videos when I get back – go get that Sovereign! Best wishes and HH!

  15. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching ED, apologies for the 22 minutes you lost (use up a whole day of Iroc’s internet allocation LOL). I can upload a 1 hour video if you think this one is a bit short LOL. Off again for a few weeks before the next upload so you can relax – will catch up on all your new videos when I get back – go get that Sovereign! Best wishes and HH!

  16. Thanks for watching Rich, it is a real privilege to hunt these sites – ‘untouched’ as most of them are – and plenty of history remains hidden in the ground, yes it is beautiful, wild country – pretty well unchanged all these years, and each trip out is a real ‘adventure’! Really appreciate your thoughtful comments – Best wishes mate and HH!

  17. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Rich, it is a real privilege to hunt these sites – ‘untouched’ as most of them are – and plenty of history remains hidden in the ground, yes it is beautiful, wild country – pretty well unchanged all these years, and each trip out is a real ‘adventure’! Really appreciate your thoughtful comments – Best wishes mate and HH!

  18. Thanks for watching and commenting Michael – much appreciated mate, will be away for a few weeks again but should have another video up on that site at that time. Hope all is well and your hunts are going well mate – GL and HH!

  19. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting Michael – much appreciated mate, will be away for a few weeks again but should have another video up on that site at that time. Hope all is well and your hunts are going well mate – GL and HH!

  20. Thanks for your comments redr1150r – the P40 is a firm favourite in Australia, and fondly remembered – and almost 1,000 served in the RAAF during the war, taking part in all the critical battles over Northern Australia and New Guinea. Not sure if you saw the last video we did on this old strip, but we found some P40 parts in the bush then! Going back soon and lots more hunts from that location coming up! Best wishes and HH!

  21. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comments redr1150r – the P40 is a firm favourite in Australia, and fondly remembered – and almost 1,000 served in the RAAF during the war, taking part in all the critical battles over Northern Australia and New Guinea. Not sure if you saw the last video we did on this old strip, but we found some P40 parts in the bush then! Going back soon and lots more hunts from that location coming up! Best wishes and HH!

  22. Great video Warren and glad to see it FULL of padding! Well put together and look forward to seeing you on ABC or SBS lol!!!!!! E.D

  23. An absolutely superb relic hunt with those great old news footage from WWII. Congratulations on all of your finds with many surprises. You work in some of the most beautiful surroundings too, where I’m always hopeful that you’ll discover some more worthy relics from those far off days. Blimey! Those nine mm rounds are as old as I am, and touch wood, I haven’t gone off yet, Lol!! Thanks for sharing in another of your adventures and I’m looking forward to the next one. GL & HH Warren. Rich 😀

  24. [..YouTube..] An absolutely superb relic hunt with those great old news footage from WWII. Congratulations on all of your finds with many surprises. You work in some of the most beautiful surroundings too, where I’m always hopeful that you’ll discover some more worthy relics from those far off days. Blimey! Those nine mm rounds are as old as I am, and touch wood, I haven’t gone off yet, Lol!! Thanks for sharing in another of your adventures and I’m looking forward to the next one. GL & HH Warren. Rich 😀

  25. neat live round 50 cal. and cool beer & hair gel bottle’s great video :)amazing the two damaged planes in the video were able to land safely WOW! HH!

  26. by time, the maintenance officer & the almighty God of the flight schedule. Don’t ever be the daily human sacrifice. I was in the Navy for 20 years (70-90) , so I understand it well. Going back to the 3 screw disc, it may be a wiring cover used to join 3 small conduits , that were essentially hydraulic tubing used for the purpose. It does look very familiar. Many companies before the war had their own little things that they made in house untill pruduction req. made them standardize.

  27. [..YouTube..] by time, the maintenance officer & the almighty God of the flight schedule. Don’t ever be the daily human sacrifice. I was in the Navy for 20 years (70-90) , so I understand it well. Going back to the 3 screw disc, it may be a wiring cover used to join 3 small conduits , that were essentially hydraulic tubing used for the purpose. It does look very familiar. Many companies before the war had their own little things that they made in house untill pruduction req. made them standardize.

  28. The damaged wings ? Once again you would put it on jacks & stands , unbolt the fuselage from the wings, separate the wings on the center flange, get a new half out of a crate, or one off a “Hangar Queen” , and reassemble in reverse. The wings to my understanding came from Curtiss complete with landing gear. The factory took pains to accurately jig drill most parts to achieve maximum interchangeability. I’m sure there were guys who could pull of some complicated repairs, but were constrained

  29. [..YouTube..] The damaged wings ? Once again you would put it on jacks & stands , unbolt the fuselage from the wings, separate the wings on the center flange, get a new half out of a crate, or one off a “Hangar Queen” , and reassemble in reverse. The wings to my understanding came from Curtiss complete with landing gear. The factory took pains to accurately jig drill most parts to achieve maximum interchangeability. I’m sure there were guys who could pull of some complicated repairs, but were constrained

  30. I was involved with the restoration of a P-40 gotten out of Russia up near Finland. It is only 8 S/Ns off from the one found in the Sahara. It was a very tough & reliable aircraft. Some have been known to make 600 MPH & over dives. Believe it or not Some P-40s lived on into the mid 50s in various Air Forces. Some 14,000 were made, with enough spare parts to assemble thousands more from just spares.

  31. [..YouTube..] I was involved with the restoration of a P-40 gotten out of Russia up near Finland. It is only 8 S/Ns off from the one found in the Sahara. It was a very tough & reliable aircraft. Some have been known to make 600 MPH & over dives. Believe it or not Some P-40s lived on into the mid 50s in various Air Forces. Some 14,000 were made, with enough spare parts to assemble thousands more from just spares.

  32. That sounds like a great explanation – the wiring connector – as Mrs NQ made the same suggestion LOL. I think you will be right regarding the gun testing of the aircraft, as the RAAF P40s were all armed with 6 .50 calibre machine guns, it would explain the large number of .50 shells lying about the place. Appreciate you watching and commenting! GL and HH!

  33. [..YouTube..] That sounds like a great explanation – the wiring connector – as Mrs NQ made the same suggestion LOL. I think you will be right regarding the gun testing of the aircraft, as the RAAF P40s were all armed with 6 .50 calibre machine guns, it would explain the large number of .50 shells lying about the place. Appreciate you watching and commenting! GL and HH!

  34. [..YouTube..] That’s it..finally worked out what the missing piece of equipment is. Forget the gloves and the Pro-pointer – not needed. You need a Guitar. Cheers mate. GL & HH. P.S. Chest deep in grass / snakes / wild pigs??….try finding a parking space near my park..now that’s what I call tough detecting conditions. LOL

  35. [..YouTube..] These areas have many “Leverites” that is odd displaced items carried by around by others. People pick things up over the years, get tired of carrying them around in the heat, the decide to “Leave ‘er right there “.

  36. [..YouTube..] Thanks for commenting John. I spent 2 days calling the .50 cal 20mm LOL. Since this hunt, I have actually found a 20mm! Which is significantly larger, at around 25mm or one inch case diameter. That silver buckle – is obviously a watch strap buckle – no idea I didn’t realize that a the time – thanks for that LOL. Best of luck and HH mate!

  37. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your great comments Magpie, hope to have the next video up from the site in a few weeks time, meanwhile I hope all is well and you are having some great outings – best wishes mate and HH!

  38. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Ole – yes the hunting conditions are not easy – but they never are so you just have to go with what you are faced with – there are a lot more relics hidden there in the bush, so it is always satisfying to come back with a few relics and coins. Best wishes and HH mate!

  39. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting Iz, will have another vid up on this old airfield site in a few weeks mate – hope your hunts are going well – best of luck and HH!

  40. [..YouTube..] Thanks very much for your comments Rommelopa, that .50 cal is curious, and may be tampered with, as you suggest, a lot of ‘tampering’ with ammo went on LOL. More hunts coming from that site and should have another vid up in a few weeks. Best wishes and HH mate!

  41. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Willo – the base was a back up and support strip for Horn Island, which was raided heavily on 8 occasions to my knowledge, combat missions were flown from here and damaged aircraft salvaged. The Japanese strikes were from Rabaul in the north-east and as Horn is only 15km to the northwest, this was a real hot-spot. There are a number of Japanese wrecks just offshore in the straits and the main radar site is nearby (a future hunt site). Best wishes mate and HH!

  42. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comment Moleman – of course – it is a watch strap buckle!! Had not occurred to me until you commented LOL. Thanks for that – pretty obvious now that you have pointed it out! Best of luck and HH!

  43. [..YouTube..] Ian, thanks for you comments mate – I have done a few hunts in the area now – and will be away for a couple of months, with more to come, unfortunately I have no internet connection there and the uploads are not so frequent, plus I need to catch up on a backlog of your videos – I hope all is well mate. GL and HH!

  44. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your comments Scorpio, lots of more hunts coming from that area – hope to have the next video up in a few weeks mate – Best Wishes and best of luck on your next hunt!

  45. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting – we are planning to do a video of our relic and coin collection in the coming months – thank you for the suggestion – best wishes and HH!

  46. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Doug, I think you are right, those round objects are probably for tent pole connectors – amazing the quality of the metal they used for such objects back then. I have done a few hunts on the site now and will be heading back up there in the next few days – hope to have another video up in a few weeks! Best wishes and HH mate.

  47. [..YouTube..] Iroc, often as I am battling chest-deep grass, tangling vines and fallen logs, I think of the serenity of your hunting conditions – and there always seems to be a guitar playing in the background as you calmly go about your business LOL. But as you know, the whole day can turn around in an instant when you get that “find of the day”, and in these conditions, it is even more satisfying to come home with some “keepers”. GL and HH mate!

  48. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting Agmcg81 – this video could well have been an hour long LOL – but lots more videos coming from this area as there are a lot of other WW2 sites and other earlier Colonial sites to visit – Best wishes and HH!

  49. [..YouTube..] Thanks Dave, appreciate your comments – yes, the videos are too long – need a tougher editor LOL. Hope your hunts are going well mate – best of luck and HH!

  50. [..YouTube..] Another well cool vid Warren. Thought that was a 50 cal, I paused the vid and went and got my 50 cal from the cupboard. Started the vid again and the size looked right for a 50 cal, then the text came up 50 cal LOL. mine one is S L 43, it was live when I found it!!. Love the silver buckle, could it be a watch strap buckle?.
    Well done on finding the area!!. good luck for next time matey!!.
    John.

  51. [..YouTube..] Another fantastic video as always on another interesting site where so much action has taken place. The unidentified relics, live ammo and the spent shell casings are always nice finds. Great commentary and video footage of the area, thanks. Looking forward to your next video. Take care GL and HH mate.

  52. [..YouTube..] Great storry and video Warren, excellent bottle you found you have to dig a little more at the location, there is probably more interesting things. Great place to hunt but it must be hard with the high grass and all the roots from the trees. I’m sure you’ll find several fine relics if you can locate the camping area. I enjoyed your video and look forward to the next. GL&HH