LOSS OF A DE HAVILLAND DH-84 DRAGON
AT WYNDHAM AIRFIELD, WA
DURING A JAPANESE AIR RAID
ON 3 MARCH 1942

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A De Havilland DH-84 Dragon, A34-9, VH-URF, Construction No. 6045, of 34 Squadron RAAF, was attacked while landing at Wyndham airfield in Western Australia by a flight of Japanese Zeros during the first enemy air raid on the town on 3 March 1942. The crew and passengers abandoned the Dragon which trundled along the runway on fire. It stopped at the end of the runway where it burnt itself out. A group of nine "Betty" bombers then bombed the Wyndham airfield leaving a number of large mud holes in the runway.

One of the passengers was Snow Bradshaw, a RAAF Kana Operator who had been evacuated from the Darwin Intercept station following the major Japanese air raids on Darwin on 19 February 1942. Snow Bradshaw belonged to a special intelligence group attached to the RAAF involved in the interception of Japanese Naval and military traffic.

Another RAAF Kana Operator who was being evacuated from Darwin to Broome was Alf Towers. He faired slightly better than Snow Bradshaw. Alf managed to depart Wyndham airfield just prior to the Japanese air raid in a Lockheed 10A piloted by Jimmy Woods. They landed at Broome in Western Australia about 30 minutes after a very large Japanese bombing raid on the town in which at least 70 people were killed. 

 

Note:- Another source indicated that this aircraft was a De Havilland Dragon Rapide. Can anyone please confirm the serial Number of the aircraft?

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

"The Eavesdroppers - The best kept secret of World War 2"
by
Jack Bleakley

 

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