THE DARWIN CIVILIAN AIRFIELD
IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
|visits since 15 September 2002|
Fighter Guide Map
34 Squadron RAAF was hurriedly formed at Parap airfield on 23 February 1942, four days after the first Japanese air raids on Darwin on 19 February 1942. It initially comprised 2 officers, 4 airmen and two DH-84 Dragon aircraft. The small group were accommodated in the temporary hutted camp at Parap airfield.
|Darwin Civilian airfield at
Parap, looking roughly northwards. The main runway in the middle-distance running left-right, is now a main
road called Ross Smith Avenue (two lanes in each direction with a wide median strip).
The road running from the bottom of the photo up to the runway is called Parap Road. Houses on the left (west) of the road were DCA (Dept of Civil Aviation) houses.
The building (hangar) with the curved roof was the main hangar and still exists. The large building to the right (east) past the water tank stands was the main passenger terminal and later became the Ross Smith Hostel for PMG staff and public servants.
MILITARY AIRCRAFT CRASHES AT PARAP AIRFIELD DURING WW2
|5 Sep 39||Darwin Civil airfield||RAAF||Wirraway||A20-5|
|17 Feb 42||Darwin Civil airfield||USAAF||A-24||#41-15794|
|Feb 40||Darwin Civil? Airfield||RAAF||Lockheed Hudson||?|
|6 Jun 40||Darwin Civil airfield||RAAF||Wirraway||A20-6|
JAPANESE BOMBING RAIDS ON
PARAP CIVILIAN AIRFIELD
IN DARWIN DURING WW2
|4 Apr 42 (1:48 pm)||Darwin Civil airfield & Parap Hotel|
|25 Aug 42 (00:05 am)||Darwin & Parap|
please help me with more information
on this airfield during WW2?
Full size versions of the above
photos are available on
my "Australia @ War" CD-Rom
I'd like to thank Colin Beard for his assistance with this home page.
© Peter Dunn 2004
This page first produced 15 September 2002
This page last updated 17 June 2007