The Bombing of Darwin - February 1942
THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS RAN HEROISM - DARWIN 19 FEBRUARY 1942 by John
his book, former naval air defence analyst, John Bradford, lists
- some for the first time
- the names of all military personnel recommended for gallantry awards
in the first air raid on Darwin,
and discusses how:
1000 RAN, Merchant Navy and US Army personnel could have been killed
had the Japanese included torpedo bombers in their strike force.
The absence of torpedo bombers and dive bombers in subsequent raids
on Darwin became a contributing factor in the loss of HMAS ARMIDALE
in December 1942.
The present-day Australian Government could posthumously honour the
gallantry of four WWII RAN personnel. One of them was serving in Darwin
on the day of the raid.
'His account .....is valuable in contributing to a complete record of
an important event in our national history': Sir Zelman Cowen -
'This scholarly work........' 'The Advertiser' Books Section,
Saturday, 2 September 2000
Bradford - a former DSTO naval air defence analyst - has researched
numerous aspects of the Imperial awards system as it applied to the
RN and RAN in WWII.
first book, "In the Highest Traditions.......", detailing RAN
heroism in the Darwin air raid, was published in 2000.
He has written articles on his research for both Australian and US naval
Book can be purchased: PO Box 1016, Blackwood, SA 5051 - $24.95 including