July 23, 2019

Liberator bomber wall mural 

This nearly completed mural on the back wall of our local supermarket in Tocumwal pays homage to the wartime history of the Tocumwal. 

An aerodrome, known as McIntyre Field, was built at Tocumwal in 1942 as a heavy bomber base for the United States Army Air Corps and spanned 5,200 acres. Such was the emergency to have it built to defend Australia from the Japanese who at that time were bombing Darwin, that landowners where given 24 hours to vacate their farms. It was only 5 weeks of construction from farm land to aerodrome when the first plane landed on the main runway. McIntyre Field also became the training base for Liberator bomber crews with 54 Liberators stationed there. 

The mural is being painted by Dave Monks of Tiger Signs.


  1. It is an impressive piece. I wonder whether we would be able to build an aerodrome that fast today.

    1. Not a chance Sue. I think the paperwork alone would take much longer.

  2. Beeindruckendes originelles Bild sehr schön.


  3. Beautiful. My father was a flight engineer on Liberators during the war.

  4. That is superb, love it. Cheers Diane