33 Pursuit Squadron U.S.A.A.F.Print Page
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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||19-February -1942|
|Actual Event End Date:||19-February-1942|