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Wounded Eagle: The Bombing of Darwin


 
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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 240 pages
Author: P. Ewer
Year: 2009
Other Data: b&w photos, maps, index
ISBN: 9781741108255

Availability: Out of Print
Product Code: NHP010
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At 0937 on 19 February 1942, the Royal Australian Air Force received its first warning that the Japanese were on their way to bomb an Australian target. Wing Commander Sturt de Burgh Griffith, the station commander at RAAF Darwin, too a message, relayed from the radio station at the Aboriginal mission on Bathurst Island, that a large formation of aircraft was overhead.

The planes went on to bomb Darwin killing innocent civilians, women and children. Others flew unopposed over Sydney and Melbourne, attacking Broome and smashing Australian air units deployed in Malaya, Singapore and what was then the Netherland East Indies (Indonesia). Why were these planes not shot down>

Based on unparalleled archival research in Australia and the United Kingdom, 'Wounded Eagle' completely rewrites the early war history of the RAAF. This devastating expose shows how Australia was left defenceless by a clique of conservative politicians, including former Prime Minister Robert Menzies, who took decisions that left Australia without an air defence system in our greatest hour of need.

Contents:
1. Scandal and Disgrace
2. An Australian Eagle
3. In the Shadow of Empire
4. A Local Flame Flickers
5. The Empire Triumphant
6. An Air Force Dismembered
7. Reaping the Whirlwind
8. State of Denial
Notes
Index


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