The Dutch at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane

During WWII this airfield played a critical role for the Dutch military who, after the Japanese armed forces occupied the Dutch colony of Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia) to neighboring Australia. Over 20.000 people from NEI evacuated to Australia.

The story is told here, on that page scroll down to see the WWII history

The Dutch leaving Archerfield Airport in 1947

Continuation of the WWII story:

Liberation of NEI stopped in Dutch New Guinea