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33 Pursuit Squadron-Jack Peres Wreckage / May 2013
33 Pursuit Squadron-Jack Peres Wreckage / May 2013

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

A collection of aircraft artefacts on display at the Australian Aviation Heritge Centre commemorates the airmen of the 33rd Pursuit Squadron and the four airmen who lost their lives in the Japanese attack on Darwin on the 19th February 1942.

At 9.58 am on Thursday 19 February 1942, 188 Japanese carrier-based aircraft began bombing Darwin. Thirty minutes later more than 240 people had been killed and more than 400 wounded.

They were met by 10 members of the USAAF 33rd Pursuit Squadron. This Squadron had been charged with the delivery of 10 P-40 Kittyhawk fighter aircraft to the East Indies. Outnumbered, the Americans proved no match for the Japanese pilots, veterans of the China war and Pearl Harbour. Despite their gallant resistance against impossible odds 9 of the American aircraft were shot down and 4 pilots killed.


Address:557 Stuart Highway, Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, Winnellie, 0820
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.425509
Long: 130.895642
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Technology
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:19-February -1942
Actual Event End Date:19-February-1942
Source: TOH
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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