Talk:Air raids on Australia, 1942–43

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Assessment[edit]

This is little more than a list of data. Needs major prose expansion. Could be more like Bombing of Darwin, February 19, 1942 or Belfast Blitz. LordAmeth 09:37, 12 October 2006 (UTC)

Question on scope[edit]

Should this article include the overflights of Australian east coast cities by Japanese submarine-based float planes during 1942 and 1943? Dates and references for these overflights are easily available in the Axis naval activity in Australian waters article. --Nick Dowling 06:07, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

My feeling is that since they were reconnaissance flights rather than offensive operations (i.e. "raids") they are better dealt with in the naval activity article. Grant | Talk 06:27, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
OK, that sounds good to me. Do we know whether this article excludes reconnaissance flights over northern Australia? --Nick Dowling 06:39, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
I'm not 100%, but I doubt there are any. I mean I'm aware of some other purely reconnaissance flights that aren't listed here, such as the one over Broome before the first air raid there. I think we should weed them out if we find them. Grant | Talk 06:54, 18 April 2007 (UTC)
Agreed. --Nick Dowling 07:07, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

Raid on Cairns[edit]

I've removed the reference to Cairns being attacks as this isn't supported on the AWM website or in the RAAF official histories. While it is referenced at the Oz@War website, this site has limited quality control and I don't think that it should be considered a reliable source by itself. --Nick Dowling 10:22, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

Northern Territory defence[edit]

I've just removed the following text from Military history of Australia during World War II‎. It might one day be suitable for inclusion in this article, or a related article. --Nick Dowling 07:01, 20 October 2007 (UTC)

Following the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942, an initial response was to create dispersed airstrips down the main road. In order southward were the airfields known as:

  • Sattler
  • Strauss
  • Hughes
  • Livingstone

Just north of Adelaide River were:

with Adelaide River being a headquarters, communications, stores, hospital, ammunition and war graves centre. South of it were airfields:

  • Fenton
  • Long
  • McDonald

and the Brocks Creek Bulk Issue Petrol and Oil Depot (BIPOD).

Katherine had a major hospital and was a railway headquarters. In addition to the "old airport" (located near the hospital towards the town center; target of at least one bombing raid), Katherine had satellite airfields to its south:

  • Tindal (bomber base)
  • Munbulloo (also a major military abattoir)
  • Venn


A good suggestion. Each of these strips would be worthy of articles, I think, especially given the historical significance. Grant | Talk 12:48, 20 October 2007 (UTC)