TWO BEAUFIGHTERS DAMAGED
BY JAPANESE STRAFING
AT MILLINGIMBI, NT
ON 10 MAY 1943

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Nine Japanese Zeros carried out an air raid on Millingimbi on Monday 10 May 1943. This followed the first air raid on Millingimbi on Sunday 9 May 1943.

They were intercepted by five RAAF Spitfires and one Beaufighter. Two Zeros were shot down, one other probably destroyed, and two damaged. One Spitfire was shot down, but the pilot, although injured, was rescued.

The Zeros succeeded in getting low enough to strafe the airstrip. RAAF Mark IC Beaufighter, A19-16 (RAF No. T4946), of 31 Squadron RAAF, piloted by Mr. Frith was badly damaged, and Beaufighter A19-72 (RAF No. T5092), of 31 Squadron RAAF, piloted by Mr. Read, was also damaged by the strafing Japanese Zeros.

A19-16 was delivered to the RAAF in June 1942 and declared surplus in March 1946.

A19-72 was delivered to the RAAF in September 1942 and written off and converted to components after this incident.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
I would like to thank Phil Herdman of the Arnhem Land Historical Society for details on the above incident.

 

REFERENCE BOOK
"Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito - In Australian Service"
By Stewart Wilson

 

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