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Author Thompson-Gray, John, 1942-, author

Title Japanese blitz on Darwin : February 19, 1942 / John Thompson-Gray
Published [Aspley, Qld.] : John Thompson-Gray, 2011
[Aspley, Qld.] : John Thompson-Gray, 2011


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 W'PONDS  940.54264295 Tho/Jbo  AVAILABLE
Description 120 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 20 cm
Series New Items
Contents 1. Darwin town as a target -- 2. Harbour defence -- 3. RAAF and army targets -- 4. Front line -- 5. Houston convoy -- 6. Fuschida's plan -- 7. Houston plays a ghost trick -- 8. Thursday February 19th 1942 -- 9. Zero v Kittyhawk first attack on RAAF Base -- 10. Kates over town and shore -- 11. Airfield raid -- 12. Second raid on harbour -- 13. Road-kill on the aerial-highway -- 14. Third raid on harbour -- 15. Fourth raid on harbour -- 16. "All clear" -- 17. Fourth raid on RAAF Base -- 18. Fuschida's phantoms -- 19. What happened to 'Houston'? -- 20. Some of the awards of valour
Summary New evidence explains Australia’s most infamous day. The Imperial Japanese Navy bombers that attacked Pearl Harbour on December 7th 1941 blitzed Darwin on February 19th 1942. As Australia defended her mainland for the first time the only ally standing with her was the United States of America. On that day, Americans and Australians were forged as cousins-in-arms. Darwin’s airfield, town and harbour were repeatedly bombed leaving a trail of human tragedy. Typical of the many heroes were Wing Commander Archie Tindal RAAF Base, Lieutenant Robert Oestreicher Kittyhawk ace, Jack Mullholland anti-aircraft gunner, Matron Clara Schumack hospital ship and Coxswain John Waldie life-saver. The writer weaves historical facts into story lines with real time action sequences. Where the story varies from historic opinion, forensic reasons are revealed for differing views, and the reader’s judgement is invited. Examples are the role of spies, withholding the air raid warning, attacked hospitals, interpretation of information and subtleties of the Japanese attack plan. Action-thriller 'Japanese blitz on Darwin', by Cambridge Short Story scholar John Thompson-Gray is a story of the first Darwin Defenders and those who bombed and strafed them
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes John Thompson-Gray graduated from RMIT with a Master of Engineering
Subject Bombing, Aerial -- Northern Territory -- Darwin
World War, 1939-1945 -- Northern Territory -- Darwin -- Aerial operations, Japanese
Bombing, Aerial -- Australia -- Darwin (N.T.)
Privately printed books
World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia -- Darwin (N.T.) -- Aerial operations, Japanese
Darwin (N.T.) -- History -- Bombardment, 1942
Genre/Form History.
ISBN 9780987258502 (pbk.)