The Real Battle for Australia
by Anthony Cooper

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The Japanese air raids on Darwin on 19 February 1942 are well-known to most Australians, but what happened afterwards?

 For the space of almost two years following, the airspace over North West Australia was routinely penetrated by Japanese raids, tallying about 70 in total.

The first Japanese raid occurred on 19 February 1942 and the last in November 1943.

The 1942–43 air raids on Darwin constituted the only sustained and intensive direct assault on Australian mainland territory in the whole of World War Two.

Telling the story of the RAAF’s No 1 Fighter Wing, composed of both Australian and British Spitfire pilots, Darwin Spitfires explores the little known 1943 season of air combat over the the top end, recovering this important aspect of Australian history.

Soft cover, 516 pages

16 pages of Index

35 Black & White Photographs

7 Maps


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