JAPANESE AIR RAID
AT DARWIN, NT
ON 25 APRIL 1942

 

A Japanese air raid on Darwin on 25 April 1942 was intercepted by Curtiss P-40's of the USAAC 49th Pursuit Group. One of the flight leaders, Lieutenant Sims, succeeded in shooting down a Japanese bomber, but a shot out oil line forced him to land on Bathurst Island. When he didn't return from this mission, 12 Squadron RAAF helped the Americans to mount a search for the aircraft. It was eventually located on Bathurst Island the next day and Pilot Officer Humphrey de Crespigney flew out to Bathurst Island with a USAAC mechanic and returned Lieutenant Sims to his base at Adelaide River.

Casualties on the ground during the air raid were as follows:-

SX.10175, Private POLLARD, L.G., AIF (Slightly injured)
SX.10656, Private BURGIT, H.G. AIF (Slightly injured)
SX.14087, Private BOWEN, T.D.R. AIF (Slightly injured)

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Manuscript History of 12 Squadron RAAF

"Darwin Bombed"
"The Unit History of 14 Heavy Anti-aircraft Battery"
by Jack Mulholland

 

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