PARAP AIRFIELD
THE DARWIN CIVILIAN AIRFIELD
IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
DURING WW2

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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.

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Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

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

DATE LOCATION SERVICE AIRCRAFT SERIAL NO.
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

 

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on this airfield during WW2?

 

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