WW2 Relic Hunt: RAAF Airfield (3rd Sortie) – Cape York Australia.

We make our 3rd 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. Live digs in this video turn up some real surprises! This is the third 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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79 thoughts on “WW2 Relic Hunt: RAAF Airfield (3rd Sortie) – Cape York Australia.

  1. And yes, those are water canteens as you probably already know by now.. They should have markings on the bottom, at least I own a British canteen that was left at my grandfather’s place after the war. It has a date and manufacturer initials on the bottom. It is painted on it, so maybe the ones you found don’t have any markings anymore due to the fire and the elements..

  2. Amazing, look at that pile of webbing parts.. I mean, I have found hundreds of small buttons, buckles and other webbing parts here in Europe but I’ve never seen that many in one place. Must be an amazing location to walk around!

  3. Thanks for watching camochannel1, what you say is probably right, the round glass eyepieces from gas masks, and all the small filters, plus webbing belts/harnesses. Appreciate your comment mate, best of luck and HH!

  4. Thank you for watching and subscribing. Have returned the sub as I am sure Warren will loved to check out your channel when he is back. Colleen

  5. Bonjour l’ami,

    Merci pour le partage de tes aventures, j’adore visionner tes vidéos =D
    Salutations de France et A bientôt.

  6. thank you for watching and the kind comments. Warren has more adventures he is hoping to upload when he gets back. He really does enjoy this hobby. Hope you find time to look out for them. Colleen.

  7. [..YouTube..] thank you for watching and the kind comments. Warren has more adventures he is hoping to upload when he gets back. He really does enjoy this hobby. Hope you find time to look out for them. Colleen.

  8. Thankyou for the great comments. Warren is away for a few weeks so will get him to follow up on your query when he returns. thanks for watching. Colleen.

  9. Warren a thoroughly engaging video – I enjoyed very minute of it, Great finds some coins and that RAAF cap badge to “cap” it off. I was intrigued by the dump site – had it been recently burnt out or had someone dumped chemicals which even 70 years latter stop plant growth?

  10. [..YouTube..] Warren a thoroughly engaging video – I enjoyed very minute of it, Great finds some coins and that RAAF cap badge to “cap” it off. I was intrigued by the dump site – had it been recently burnt out or had someone dumped chemicals which even 70 years latter stop plant growth?

  11. Sorry mate seem to have missed this one till now. Another great video and commentary as always and never short of some interesting finds and history of the site. There’s a good variety of buckles and war time relics in that area especially the cap badge, what a find… nice one. A few nice coins to clean up and cherish. looking forward to your next outing. Take care mate and HH.

  12. [..YouTube..] Sorry mate seem to have missed this one till now. Another great video and commentary as always and never short of some interesting finds and history of the site. There’s a good variety of buckles and war time relics in that area especially the cap badge, what a find… nice one. A few nice coins to clean up and cherish. looking forward to your next outing. Take care mate and HH.

  13. Another great video, love the RAAF badge, my only RAAF badge was rusted and barely intact, yours is fantastic. So want to do jungle detecting one day, just have to find a jungle without humidity.

  14. [..YouTube..] Another great video, love the RAAF badge, my only RAAF badge was rusted and barely intact, yours is fantastic. So want to do jungle detecting one day, just have to find a jungle without humidity.

  15. wow that area is very cool!! I bet you’re staying a long time alright haha who’d wanna leave 🙂 Happy days and the best of luck to ya I hope ya get to film us some more goodies!

  16. [..YouTube..] wow that area is very cool!! I bet you’re staying a long time alright haha who’d wanna leave 🙂 Happy days and the best of luck to ya I hope ya get to film us some more goodies!

  17. Thanks for your great comment PTH, much appreciated mate, I have more hunts filmed in that location that I will upload in a few weeks time. Thanks mate and HH!

  18. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your great comment PTH, much appreciated mate, I have more hunts filmed in that location that I will upload in a few weeks time. Thanks mate and HH!

  19. Thanks for your great comments Max, I am off again for another month up that way and will have plenty more hunts to upload – unfortunately there is no internet there so I will catch up with all your hunts when I come back – best wishes and HH mate!

  20. [..YouTube..] Thanks for your great comments Max, I am off again for another month up that way and will have plenty more hunts to upload – unfortunately there is no internet there so I will catch up with all your hunts when I come back – best wishes and HH mate!

  21. great spin you had. you could probably hunt that spot for ever and find all sorts of great tickets for there.
    here on our beach, we find many 50 & 20mm shells – beach was replenished in 2000 from ocean sand – pumped and dumped to make bigger – being close to big military base, we find stuff like that.
    good luck and get back to that fine spot again

  22. [..YouTube..] great spin you had. you could probably hunt that spot for ever and find all sorts of great tickets for there.
    here on our beach, we find many 50 & 20mm shells – beach was replenished in 2000 from ocean sand – pumped and dumped to make bigger – being close to big military base, we find stuff like that.
    good luck and get back to that fine spot again

  23. Thanks for watching Rich, appreciate your comments mate, the old airfield is a very large area and I am still discovering new campsites and old bits and pieces of equipment scattered in the bush. It will take a few more hunts to fully explore the place! Best wishes mate and HH!

  24. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching Rich, appreciate your comments mate, the old airfield is a very large area and I am still discovering new campsites and old bits and pieces of equipment scattered in the bush. It will take a few more hunts to fully explore the place! Best wishes mate and HH!

  25. A backlog, that sounds good!!. Looking forward to seeing more vids like this one.
    Found a William III copper at 9 inches, today. I got another farm to detect on and I start there in august.
    John.

  26. [..YouTube..] A backlog, that sounds good!!. Looking forward to seeing more vids like this one.
    Found a William III copper at 9 inches, today. I got another farm to detect on and I start there in august.
    John.

  27. [..YouTube..] Awesome!! Thanks for sharing another truly informative video hunt on Australia’s history during WWII. You’ve certainly hit pay-dirt during this adventure. Even though most objects were of a similar kind, you still found enough to make it more than interesting and good enough to add to your collection, Warren. That silver three pence piece is a beauty, as are the other coins and finds, especially the RAAF cap badge, what luck! Can’t wait to see the next video, so HH & GL. Cheers!! 😀

  28. [..YouTube..] Absolutely fan-bloody-tastic video Ian, That RAAF Badge is worth it’s weight in gold and what a find. I reckon that round disc may have been a penny that someone may have been making a Sweetheart badge for his girl at home. They are water canteens as I have a couple here at home. The metal is worth a small forture as well as it was all top quality brass etc. Keep them coming Mate loved it. Cheers, Pete

  29. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching from far of Berlin – several canteens were in great condition, I believe they originally had metal and cork stoppers in them, and fitted into a webbing holder on the belt. Appreciate your comments – best wishes and HH!

  30. [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching and commenting on the video, we usually have rare earth magnets on our prospecting picks, but need something larger in old military dumps like that! Best wishes and HH!

  31. [..YouTube..] That area is like a time capsule. All those buckle in one place, it must have felt like christmas!!. Love the R.A.A.F cap badge, cool design and a Better design than the one I found last year. Marvelous finds, well done!!. To be honest, I’ve never been interested in the first and second world war history, but your videos are making it interesting for me now. Thanks!!!.
    All the best!!.
    John.

  32. [..YouTube..] Hey Warren, really good hunt, mate, and usual cracking video, that RAAF badge was in beautiful condiiton, guess you were totally spoilt for choice in trying to decide which buckles,canteen etc to take from the burn site. Really entertaining and looking forward to your next one, GL and HH, Ian.

  33. [..YouTube..] That cap badge is going 2 look mighty awesome in your collection!
    SuperB condition!
    Why dont you get one of those wire-mesh windows and sift trough all the buckels in the dump? bet there’s a keeper in between em ;)!
    Thanx 4 the cool video’s!

  34. [..YouTube..] It is truly amazing that the rubbish dump appears to be untouched after all these years. That RAAF cap badge was truly amazine. Thanks so much for the mention in the credits.GL and HH Mate. Hugh

  35. [..YouTube..] This was a very interesting and exciting hunt, great finds! This must be such a peaceful place to explore! Thanks for sharing this adventure, I look forward to many more from you!

    -Paleoman52-

  36. [..YouTube..] great video warren and very interesting historically,love that cap badge, wander what else is in that bush ,be great if you found a hotspot could be anythink there mate, look forward to your next video in that area, best wishes..pat

  37. [..YouTube..] great hunt, reminds me of base we are hunting, i got overwhelmed in the beginning with the trash pits , now and then your machine goes bit weird u dig down to find bottles whole uniforms etc, most rsls are happy for a donation of buckle collections, and as they are brass they are good recylcable material, i also leave alot behind for others to dig! not the silvers tho! sooner or later you will find hotspot of them there!! drinking gambling and washing areas usually where the coins are Gl HH

  38. [..YouTube..] Great video Warren, that was quite a pile of buckles and objects, guess it was easier to just burn everything! Speaking of which, did they burn that tractor too? Looked like the trees around it were scorched. Great badge…well done on the third sortie! HH…

  39. [..YouTube..] W, at 15:25 – I suffered a kanipshin. Gloves. Well done. That pile of finds…all stacked in one place..are you sure it wasn’t a Bower Bird – trying to attract an unwary detectorist..I’d be extra careful next time you go back…that bird might pick up on your excitement for the webbing buckles. You could get more than you bargained for. LOL. The Badge – find of the 3rd Sortie – no doubt about that. Fabulous condition. Great live action and live ID’s on items. Terrific adventure. Cheers GL & HH