Quoin Hill Airfield
Quoin Hill Airfield
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Lydell S
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
There is basically nothing left of Quoin airfield however for the military history buffs like myself, worth the stop just to soak in the historical significance. All that remains is the rather large (lightly overgrown) airstrip and taxiways (I drove my rental car along the runway just because I could), a large earthen revetment opposite the airstrip and guardhouse. The track to get onto the strip is a few metres south of a solitary concrete block gate guardhouse (standing on its own off the side of the road like an old outdoor loo) and opposite the green painted shop at rhe entry to the hotsprings. There are zero signs and you think you are on someone's driveway. I went looking for a wreck off the end of the runway but apparently it was bought and removed a few years ago. Got directions from Eric the owner of rhw WWII museum just down the road, who for a fee of VAT2500 (AUD$30) will take you out in a dinghy to the very intact wreck of the F4U Corsair lying in shallow water in the lagoon nearby. Can read elsewhere the story but in short a flight of two or three got a bit lost over guadalcanal and ran out of fuel trying to recover to Quoin field, ditching in the lagoon / shallows. The USN tried to recover one using dozers and tackle from the shore but were unsucessfulI. I took my 13yr old son and was absolutely worth the effort.
Snorkel required but less than 2m down- got to hang onto the frame of rhe windscreen and stick our heads into the cockpit. Eric says there are many other Corsair wrecks in the area but broken up on impact and require scuba gear -another that was also in shallow water was recovered some years ago and now in a museum in Adelaide. this is definitely not a well known tourist locale (even better) - recommend you call Eric in advance to arrange a time (high tide) as this isn't a full time job for him local no. 7777205.
Written 22 December 2023
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Jaytle
Australia149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
Look I was wrapped to go here as I already knew all the history of this place, but there is only one little store that does anything to do with the American Airfield.
For me personally it was still great to visit, but do your homework first.
Written 28 January 2018
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pakabay
Adelaide, Australia2,502 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
This abanodoned and slightly overgrown airfield is of great historical significance to the island nation now known as Vanuatu for the place that it and the surrounding area paid in WWII, with the USAF based here and protective gun positions in the escarpment nearby.

We first saw it from the air last week on a round the island helicopter flight and again today, at ground level, during a round the island private tour. We were also lucky enough on the helicopter flight to see the ramains of a USAF Corsair (F4U I believe) wreck that was shot down during the war, on a shallow reef nearby.

Sadly there is not much at the location to show or explain the history but our guide did mention that there is still the odd private light plane that lands there.
Written 27 March 2017
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dmittleman
Palm Beach Gardens, FL1,415 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
This airfield was extraordinarily important during WWII. The area was a thriving metropolis. Now there is almost nothing left. There are a few signs but that's about it. Worth a picture stop or two on an around the island tour, but that's it.
Written 15 October 2016
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Robert M
Brisbane, Australia79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
We visited this as part of our Native Round Island Tour. It is great historical reference to see where the Americans were during WW2 & to try to imagine what it was like back then. There is not to much left to see here so it is mostly of historical interest. We didn't spend very long here but it was worth seeing as part of the Island Tour.
Written 13 June 2016
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Jon D
Cremorne, Australia181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
During World War II the US opened three airstrip facilities on Efate Island in the New Hebrides, what is today known as Vanuatu. These included:-
a) Bauer Field, site of US Army Air Force’s bombers that attacked the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Solomon Islands especially during the Battle of Guadalcanal. Today it is the site of Bauerfield International Airport, the main facility for Vanuatu;
b) Quoin Hill Airfield, site of US Navy & US Marine Corp fighter aircraft that protected bombers attacking the Imperial Japanese Forces in New Guinea (known today as Papua New Guinea) & the Solomon Islands; and,
c) Port Havannah Airfield & Seaplane Base, site of US Navy PBY Catalina flying-boats that attacking the Imperial Japanese Forces in the Solomon Islands.
Written 12 February 2016
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