JAPANESE "DINAH" SHOT DOWN
IN DRYSDALE AREA, WA
ON 20 JULY 1944

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On 20 July 1944, a Japanese "Dinah" aircraft carrying out a high-level reconnaissance flight in the Drysdale area not far from  Truscott airfield was shot down by three Spitfires from 54 Squadron RAF. This was apparently the last Japanese aircraft to be shot down over Australian soil during WW2.


Photo supplied by Murray Ellis

Wreckage of Dinah near Truscott

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"Always First - The RAAF Airfield Construction Squadrons 1942-1974" (page 41)
by David Wilson

"Truscott - The Diary of Australia's Secret Wartime Kimberley Airbase 1943 - 1946
By John & Carol Beasy
See Page 41 for details of this crash

 

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