RAAF DARWIN AIRFIELD
DURING WW2

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RAAF Station Darwin and 13 Squadron RAAF were formed  from 12 Squadron on 1 June 1940. Charles Eaton was the first Commanding Officer of Darwin RAAF base 1940-1941. He then went on to become Commanding Officer of 72 and 79 Wings from 1943 to 1944. A number of personnel and "A" and "B" Flights of Avro Ansons Mark I's, were detached from 12 Squadron  to form 13 Squadron RAAF. "C" Flight and its Wirraways stayed with 12 Squadron RAAF.

In April 1941, 12 Squadron moved to the new Darwin RAAF airfield.

On 19 February 1942, 12 Squadron lost two of its Wirraways during the massive bombing raid on Darwin. It also lost a lot of technical equipment and stores when its new hangar was burnt to the ground.

There was another Japanese bombing raid on Darwin RAAF airfield on 4 March 1942. One of those killed during this air raid was Arthur Saxon Bald, a Bombardier, of 2/14 Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, AIF.

In mid October 1944, 34 Squadron RAAF took over the daily courier service between Parafield and Darwin and any other allocated special operations. They positioned one C-47 Dakota in Darwin during this period. In December 1944, the C-47 located in Darwin started to make flights to the Halmaheras. 34 Squadron RAAF started to move to Morotai on 15 February 1945. 

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Photo:- Ted Brault

Some Spitfires in Darwin
BS231 is in the foreground

 

p920603.jpg (97978 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, Oct 1941. Gp Capt Eaton Charles, CO RAAF Station Darwin.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920657.jpg (140112 bytes) Darwin Air Raids, Feb 1942. Wrecked Lockheed Hudson.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920665.jpg (120404 bytes) Feb 1940. Crash of Lockheed at Darwin.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920631.jpg (89677 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, May 1941. Visit by Dutch Glen Martins. Glen Martin M598 and one other.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920632.jpg (105872 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, May 1941. Visit by Dutch Glen Martins. Glen Martin.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920633.jpg (109759 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, May 1941. Visit by Dutch Glen Martins. Glen Martin.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920637.jpg (108331 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, Aug 1941. Visit by USAAC B-17 squadron. B-17 4058

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920635.jpg (71539 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, Aug 1941. Visit by USAAC B-17 squadron.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920636.jpg (44376 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, Aug 1941. Visit by USAAC B-17 squadron.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920634.jpg (102442 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, Aug 1941. Visit by USAAC B-17 squadron.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920578.jpg (148805 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, 1940-41. Hangar under construction. Note Station CO's married quarter to the right.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920581.jpg (140605 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, 1940-41. New hangar.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920582.jpg (169738 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, 1940-41. Hangar under construction. 

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

p920583.jpg (167892 bytes) RAAF, Darwin, 1941. Station parade.

Charles Eaton Photographic Collection via Mitch Williamson

 

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

I'd also like to thank Randell Summerville and his cousin Rod Brault (son of Ted Brault) for their assistance with this home page.

 

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