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    Darwin Airfield (RAAF Station Darwin) Northern Territory Australia

Darwin Airfield is located at Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Construction began in 1938 and completed on June 1, 1940, Darwin Airfield was the first Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) airfield built in the Northern Territory. Also known as RAAF Station Darwin or RAAF Darwin.

Wartime History
This otherwise remote base became the an important location during WWII. After Allied units fell back to Australia in early 1942, it became a target for Japanese air raids, and became an important Allied airfield. Darwin was continually repaired and expanded during WWII. About 75 units operated there during the war, from the RAAF, USAAF and RAF.

Japanese missions against Darwin
February 19, 1942 - September 27, 1943

Allied units based at Darwin
United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
FEAF, HQ December 25, 1941 - Jan 14, 1942 Java
FEAF, 5th Bomber Command December 25, 1941 - Jan 14, 1942
Royal Air Force (RAF)
54 Squadron (Spitfire)

Japanese Air Raids
On February 19, 1942 Japanese carrier aircraft attacked Darwin in two raids. The second raid targeted RAAF Darwin, intercepting them were P-40 Warhawks from the USAAF, 33rd Pursuit Squadron, that lost most of their aircraft and four pilots killed. Afterwards, RAAD Darwing was targeted by other Japanese air raids.

Still in use as Darwin's airport.

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Last Updated
September 24, 2018


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