Darwin Spitfires by Anthony Cooper

By Anthony Cooper

The eastern air raids on Darwin on 19 February 1942 are recognized to such a lot Australians, even if no longer maybe to the remainder of the realm. What occurred afterwards, despite the fact that, continues to be unknown to many. This ebook makes an attempt to light up this little-known interval of struggle heritage, charting the exploits, losses and successes of the RAF's number 1 Fighter Wing and the contribution they made to the allied struggle attempt. The stalwart Spitfire is widely known in a story that's absolute to charm widely.

For virtually years the airspace over North West Australia was once generally penetrated by way of jap raids, tallying approximately 70 in overall. The 1942-43 air raids on Darwin constituted the one sustained and extensive direct attack on Australian mainland territory within the complete of global struggle II - and the complete historical past of publish- 1788 Australia - but, unusually, so much Australians do not know that it ever occurred. And the remainder of the area are but extra so within the dark.

Telling the tale of the RAF'S number 1 Fighter Wing, composed of either Australian and British Spitfire pilots, Darwin Spitfires explores the little identified 1943 season of air strive against excessive finish, recuperating vital facets of Australian historical past. It brings to the eye of the realm the heroic exploits of the expert pilots who did lots to guard Australia and aid the Allied attempt. this crucial e-book makes an attempt to have a good time and commemorate the spirit of harmony that characterised the reports of number one Fighter Wing.

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