Wireless Telegraphy (W/T) Transmitting building
- Civil defence facility
Rifle Range Road, Lowood 4311
A reinforced concrete Wireless Telegraphy (W/T) Transmitting building was built east of the Lowood airfield, to the west of the intersection of Rifle Range Road and Forest Hill–Fernvale Road. This abandoned facility survives on private property.
RAAF Station Lowood was constructed in late 1941 for No. 12 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS). It was used by two USAAF fighter squadrons in early 1942, before becoming a RAAF Operational base (OB) for dive bombers.
The RAAF took over Lowood again in September 1942, and by February 1943 Lowood was being developed as an Operational Base (OB), with Coominya No 2 as ancillary landing ground. By 23 May 1943 the MRC was still working on taxiways to the hideouts and by 30 May work had started on a new Wireless Telegraphy (W/T) Transmitting building. This facility, along with the new Operations building, was a semi-underground reinforced concrete construction, with a curved roof section. The W/T Transmitting building, with a shorter curved roof section than the Operations building, was located about 4km east of the airfield.
By December 1943 the Transmitting building and the Operations building were reported as 95% complete. However, fitting out of the two semi-underground buildings was still occurring in early 1945. With the threat of Japanese air attack on Lowood fairly remote at this point in the war, there was probably no rush to complete such buildings. On 9 December 1943 a conference at RAAF HQ had in fact decided, regarding the Lowood Operations building, that “owing to the very dispersed location of this building it may be regarded a shadow operations signals building only” (for use only under conditions of enemy attack).
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Dunn, P. Lowood Transmitting building near Tarampa, Qld during WW2
No. 24 (City of Adelaide) Squadron
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