JAPANESE AIR RAID
AT BATCHELOR, NT
ON 24 OCTOBER 1942

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On the 24 October 1942 the Japanese bombed Batchelor at approximately 0430 hours, dropping sticks of bombs across the administrative buildings at OB Batchelor Headquarters. Fortunately no RAAF personnel were injured and no squadron aircraft were damaged.

Chas Nottle recalls:-

"In all the time I was at Batchelor there was only one occasion we had to go for our slit trenches. I remember it was a clear moonlit night - the planes were clearly visible and we could even (so we reckoned) hear the bomb releases click as they let their bombs go."

It was a bad day for 12 Squadron that day. They also lost a cricket match against 77 Squadron RAAF.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Manuscript History of 12 Squadron RAAF

 

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