JAPANESE AIR RAID
AT FENTON AIRFIELD, NT
ON 30 JUNE 1943

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27 Japanese "Betty" bombers escorted by Zeros, carried out the first bombing raid on Fenton airfield on 30 June 1943. They bombed the runway, destroying three Liberator bombers and damaging several others. No one was killed during this raid. Many new slit trenches were dug after this initial raid.

A USAAC DC-4 landed at Pine Creek airfield to avoid the bombing raid.

Some smaller night-time bombing raids were later carried out on Fenton airfield with minimal damage.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Tocumwal to Tarakan"
"Australians and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator"
By Michael V. Nelmes

"Always First - The RAAF Airfield Construction Squadrons 1942-1974" (page 34)
by David Wilson

 

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