WW2 Aircraft Wrecks: Northern Australia.

In this video we explore an abandoned WW2 Royal Australian Air Force forward operational base on foot (no metal detecting in this video) in search of the remains of a radial engine reputed to be lying in the bush. We didn’t discover the whereabouts of the engine, but instead some fabulous aviation related finds including the complete top engine cowling from a R.A.A.F P-40 Kittyhawk in a rubbish dump. To finish off we come across the wreck of a D.A.P. Beaufort bomber hidden in the bush! Please note that no relic hunting or metal detecting is carried out in the area of declared historical wrecks or memorial sites – as ex-R.A.A.F. members we treat these sites with the utmost respect. Thanks for watching and subscribing. www.nqexplorers.com


64 thoughts on “WW2 Aircraft Wrecks: Northern Australia.

  1. u really don’t want to in australia don’t put hands under metal where u cant see there are snakes and what not u i really don’t recommend it

  2. Great video!

    I was thinking lift up and look under one of the wings, there might be paint and markings protected on that surface?


  3. My uncle bought a large piece of land and in the tree line there was an opening and in that opening looked to be a small ww2 command center lost to time. There were crates, barrels, some aircraft parts, and a radio. We are still looking throughout the opening and tree line but it seems there was a small WW2 refueling and training base there and if we are lucky we can find a plane maybe or something close to that. Wish us luck lol

  4. Thanks for watching our videos and your great comments Ian, feedback such as yours makes all the editing worthwhile. All the best mate and HH! Warren.

  5. Truly remarkable insight into the past! Thank’s for posting all your great video’s and giving us the benefit of all your local knowledge and research. Both you and your wife are a credit to youtube. Best wishes from the U.K.and HH Ian.

  6. I also have my Civ. Airframes & Power plants licenses, but have spec. in structures (metal & composite.) since the Navy. I worked for the millionaire between working in a Gov. Depot on F-14s & the airlines. I used to work a lot on small aircraft on the side, but have sort of retired from that.

  7. I was in the Navy from 70-90 and certainly remember the Neptunes as I grew up around the Navy, as my Dad was in for 30 years. He flew on elec. surveillance, like the EC-121, A-3 7 & first EP-3A Aircraft, which took us all over the world. I worked on the F-4, A-4, A-3, EC-121, T-28, S-2,C-1, C-131, A-6, H-2, F-14 aircraft.
    The F-14 I worked on as a civ.serv. acft. mech./eng. after retirement.I also did a turn at the airlines working on -8s. These days I work for the Coast Guard on the C-144.

  8. Thanks for watching and commenting RedR – I actually put a technical note on the ‘blurb’ correcting the in-field identification of the oil cooler intake LOL – was pretty excited to find that cowling! I spent just under 15 years in the RAAF up until 1990 so have some great collection pics of the aircraft in service during that period: C-130A, E & Hs, the last of the Neptunes, Canberras, Caribous, P3Cs, Mirages, F-18s and F-111Cs. HH mate. Warren.

  9. P.S. I worked for a millionaire collector and was doing a P-40 restoration which is flying today, so I’m pretty familiar with the parts.

  10. What you have is the P-40 supercharger air intake, as both radiators and single oil cooler units were housed just inside the big intake on the lower front. In our area the woods & swamps have a few of these WW2 wrecks still around. That was some of the fortunes of the air particularly without any kind of radar air traffic control which made mid airs a part of the business.

  11. Thanks for taking the time to watch the video and comment MrJp990 – we share a similar interest in old aircraft, there is one other particular Beaufort wreck in that area which I am still searching for – unfortunately there is probably very little of it remaining and the scrub is quite thick in that particular area. Some distance to the east in tidal water there is the remains of a flight of USAAF P-39 Airacobras which ran out of fuel on the way to New Guinea. All the best – Warren.

  12. I am a retired Marine and I have a love for old aircraft from the early 1900’s to the 1970’s. I liked your video and I wanted to say that I found what looks to be an R-2800 engine on a diving trip I took last year. I also found an MK-108 cannon in Germany when I was stationed there.

  13. Thanks for your comment – past profession, yes – 15 years in the Royal Australian Air Force and a lifetime love of all things aviation! HH mate. Warren.

  14. G’day Tim, and thanks again for your comment. I still haven’t determined the fate of the crew of that Beaufort wreck, I believe it was hit by a landing Vultee Vengeance, and have not determined if there were any casualties. Regarding the scrap metal – there are no gypsies in Australia, but many of these wrecks have aluminium panels and parts cut from them, by the local islander people who turned the scrap metal into cooking pots and pans after the war! All the best mate, Warren.

  15. I am ex-RAAF ADG/ALSFITT …. I am retired now .. I should get up there and have a look at my countries military history to be found on our shores…..

  16. We don’t get wrecks like this in Britain , The gypsies would have taken all the scrap metal to get weighed in ! i know you say it’s a war grave but do you think with a little more investigation you may uncover more evidence and maybe find out who the pilot was ? it would be great for their family ? love the video’s as always iv’e watched all of them and feel like i know you lol 🙂 Thanks again , Tim. HH

  17. Hi Warren,

    Are you anywhere near Bunderburg?

    When I was young I lived in a place called Thornhill in Southampton & we used to play in an old house near my folks home & though I never knew at the time, it was Bert Hinklers house.

    I remember some years ago they dismantled it brick by brick & slate by slate & shipped it off to Bunderburg.
    We always thought it was haunted or something or that spies lived there 🙂

    Anyways, living in Southampton, we have tons of Spitfire stuff around still….


  18. Thanks for watching – I have as yet been unable to determine the identity of the wreck, but it was possibly destroyed in a taxiing accident with a landing RAAF Vultee Vengeance. Will update if I get any further info. HH!

  19. Thanks for watching – the Beaufort (designed as a torpedo bomber) is a sister of the Beaufighter, with some component commonality, the Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) produced both Beaufighters and Beauforts in Australia and both were very successful in the SWP campaigns. HH! Warren.

  20. I noticed the Beaufort, is that the same as a Beaufighter?
    I say this because I found a whole bunch of stuff from a Beaufighter here in Southampton, UK…….luckily it still had the serial number on it, really intersting!

  21. Great Vid, again thanks for posting. I’m enjoying watching them a lot.
    Time for one more before I hack into my nasty tree in the backyard

  22. Thanks for your great comment Pete, I am still researching the position of two other Beaufort wrecks in the area, in particular A9-377, which crashed in 1944 with the loss of all 4 crew – I hope to locate the crash site and do a memorial video there for ANZAC Day. HH mate! Warren.

  23. Warren that was fascinating Mate. I love the old WWII aircraft and its all just sitting there and has for the last 60 odd years. Many thanks Mate I enjoyed that video very much. Cheers, Pete.

  24. Thanks Crampo, there are kilometres to explore and lots of forgotten spots in that area, always something new over the next rise – you never know what you are going to come across! HH mate! Warren.

  25. Great video! I’m a ‘hands on’ type that usually feels the need to be there, but you always seem to put together videos that make me feel like I’m with you. Thanks for sharing with us.

  26. You must be roasting over there mate, its averaging about 5 degrees Celsius here during the day and below zero at night. BRRR… looking forward to summer again LOL HH Warren mate.

  27. Always great to read a story with a link to war, but with a happy ending such as plane parts being used for cookware. Lol. Here’s looking forward to your next video adventure. Cheers, Warren. 😀