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Darwin Spitfires: The Real Battle for Australia

Publisher: NewSouth Books

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 428 pages
Author: A. Cooper
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9781742232270
Other: b&w photos, references, bibliog, index
Publisher: NewSouth Books

The Japanese air raids on Darwin on 19 February 1942 are well known to most Australians, but what happened afterwards?

For almost two years the airspace over North West Australia was routinely penetrated by Japanese raids, tallying about 70 in total. The 1942-43 air raids on Darwin constituted the only sustained and intensive direct assault on Australian mainland territory in the whole of World War II - and the whole history of post-1788 Australia - yet, surprisingly, most Australians have no idea that it ever happened.

Telling the story of the RAAF's No 1 Fighter Wing, composed of both Australian and British Spitfire pilots, 'Darwin Spitfires' explores the little-known 1943 season of air combat over the top end, recovering this important aspect of Australian history.

Contents:
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Playing catch-up
2. The Raid on Coomalie Creek
3. 'A Sharp Reverse'
4. Failure of the big wing
5. Dogfights over Millingimbi
6. Success at last
7. The army raid
8. A missed opportunity
9. The first Fenton raid
10. The second Fenton raid
11. The defeat of Japanese reconnaissance
12. The accounting of battle
References
Bibliography
Index

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