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Old 6th Dec 2021, 20:51
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The Dinahs demise was in the WA north coast area. Spitfires were rotated out of Darwin to protect the Truscott field , a B24 base near Kalumburu, an Aboriginal mission community, which had been shot up in the early days.
The Dinah fell into Vantissart Bay and was dragged ashore at low tide for examination.
Details from a book regarding that base. The usual thing with books….lent… and lost.

I don’t recall ever hearing a total count of Japanese a/c shot down on Oz soil. First raid on Darwin scored a few, and later raids also. TypeOs and Betty bombers with the occasional Dinah…some crashed on land but others into Darwin harbour and the Timor Sea. Likewise out of Thursday Island, a few down there but mostly into the water.
one Zero site on Hammond Is..

PR Mossies used to return the serves to the Japanese out of Truscott flying as far away as China.

Mapping wise.. sun angle on pale stockpiled material was important for ease of using the imagery to determine shape not ,washed out,
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