30 APRIL 1942
THREE WIRRAWAYS DAMAGED AT
HORN ISLAND DURING AN AIR RAID

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One source indicates that fourteen Japanese "Nell" Heavy Bombers dropped 40 bombs on Horn Island Airstrip on 30 April 1942.

RAAF Wirraway A20-472 was completely destroyed and A20-471 was damaged.  One soldier was killed.

There is an entry in the Operations Record Book for 32 Squadron RAAF which indicates that eight Type 96 bombers and three Zeros were involved:-

Place Date
April 1942
Summary of Events
HORN ISLAND 30 ENEMY ACTIVITY

Japanese aircraft raided HORN ISLAND on 30.4.42. Eight Heavy Bomber Type 96 dropped approximately fourty bombs in the vicinity of runway. Three Zeros who accompanied the bombers later straffed the runway, resultant damage - three Wirraways damaged by machine gun fire.

RAAF Wirraway A20-472 was completely destroyed and A20-471 and another Wirraway were damaged.  One soldier was killed.

 

REFERENCE BOOK

"Aircraft of the RAAF 1921- 71"
By Geoffrey Pentland & Peter Malone

 

Can anyone help me with more information
on this Japanese air raid? 

 

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