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YCVM Caversham RAAF Base (Closed 1946)

The last remains of this site as it looks in 2010. If you had permission to land, runway 05 - 23 would still be accessible for a light aircraft and an ultralight could still land on what is left of the others. The transmission  aerials have been removed recently leaving circles in the sand where they used to be.  Sadly, this historic site is destined to become a housing estate.

(20th May 2010)

I have no photos of the base at Caversham so any pictures of the 1940-1950s era or any information on which current buildings existed at the time would be appreciated.  I would love to create the original site as my grandfather was based there in signals.

"After the end of WW2 in 1945 the WA Sporting Car Club rapidly re-organised and ran the Victory Grand Prix on a makeshift circuit at the RAAF stand-by airbase at Caversham in Middle Swan. Attended by 60,000 people on April 7th 1946 this was probably the first race meeting run outside of Western Europe after war's end and certainly the first racing run in Australia after peace was declared.

Until the 1960s the Club conducted races on street circuits in various country towns including Albany, Goomalling, Collie, Dunsborough, Bunbury, Northam and Narrogin as well as on various circuit combinations at Caversham. In 1956 the Club obtained a lease for Caversham, which was rapidly converted into a permanent track, using the sealed track connecting the aircraft parking bays as part of the circuit.

Racing on the country town circuits still carried on, but the bulk of the Club's activities were at Caversham. However, as the performance of cars increased, the road circuits became less viable for safety reasons. The final road circuit meeting was held at Geraldton in 1966.

The Club had the honour of conducting the Australian Grand Prix at Caversham in 1962, in conjunction with the British Commonwealth Empire Games. A great deal of money was spent on the circuit to bring it up to the required standard. Star drivers such as Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren and Bob Stillwell took part in the fastest Grand Prix cars of the time. The meeting itself was a great success as far as the organisation and racing were concerned. But the gate income was far less than had been budgeted, and the Club ended the meeting heavily in debt to local businessmen.

Faced with the choice of voluntary liquidation, or paying off the debt, the Club chose unanimously to follow the latter course. By the end of 1967 the debt had been paid in full.

Another challenge then arose when the Club was informed that the Commonwealth would resume the Caversham land for in 1968. This put the Club in a very difficult position, since they had to find land and build a circuit within the incredible short space of twelve months or less. Fortunately the Caversham area was to be handed over to the Department of the Army and the then Vice President, Max McCrackan had served with the Commander Western Command. Thus an assurance was given that the Club would be able to use the Caversham Circuit until the end of 1968 and salvage anything it could from the circuit following the close of the racing season."  www.wascc.com.au/wascc_about_the_club.htm

I was a crowd marshal at the last event in 1968 when the crowds were kept safely behind three strand farm fences.


"A Memorandum to the Secretary, the Department of the Interior, dated 7 August 1942 indicated that Requisition No. D.W.B. 86/42-43 detailed the following works to be built for the Royal Navy and the United States Navy:-

A parent aerodrome and four (4) dispersal fields in the Fremantle area, with hard surfaced runways and aircraft dispersal facilities at each site, together with Building and Engineering Services, in accordance with Plans and Schedules to be supplied, at an estimated cost of 210,000; the work being Priority A.1. Item 1658.

Middle Swan was to be the parent airfield with the following satellite airfields:-

Gin Gin North

A Memorandum to the Commander Aircraft, 7th Fleet, US Navy Headquarters, Grace Building, York Street, Sydney dated 3 April 1944, advised the following progress with the construction of a Fleet Air Arm Base in the Fremantle area at Middle Swan:-



Location:                 4 miles N.N.W of Midland Junction

Position:                   Latitude 31 50 " S., Longitude 115 58 ' E.

Runways:                 52M., 132M., 180M., each 5,000' x 150', primed.

Dispersal Bays         25 M/B Hardstandings complete. Gravelled taxi-way to dispersal complete

Accommodation       Nil.
& Operational


On about 15 May 1944, Western Area Headquarters advised that RAAF Headquarters had approved:-

"use of Middle Swan airfield by the United States Army Air Corps until required for other operational purposes. AOC has requested immediate provision water supply 750 personnel estimated cost 500 Pounds and provision hard standing 200 feet by 150 feet, cost 200 Pounds."

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