Tocumwal sits on the NSW side of the Murray River 270 Kms north of Melbourne and is one of the few towns that doesn’t have a counterpart in Victoria. Turn off the Newell Highway and discover a town nestled around the river bends and steeped in unique WW2 history. Tocumwal wears its heritage for all to see with its character filled Main Street and historic building facades that take you back in time.
The Tocumwal airfield was the first of airfield planned as preparation for a possible Japanese invasion. The aerodrome was commissioned by the US Army Air Corps and constructed in 1942 as the McIntyre Field heavy bomber base. 5,000 people were involved in the construction of the base, which had 450 buildings spread over 40 square kms, with 114 km of roads interconnecting it all. There were four runways, each nearly 2km in length. Planes were using the airstrip within 5 weeks of beginning construction, and the airfield was completed in four months.