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ID number ART29708
Title Notes on aerial warfare over Port Darwin, 4th April 1942
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Hodgkinson, Roy (Artist)
Place made Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin
Date made 1942
Medium gouache over pencil on grey cardboard
Measurement Overall: 53.4 x 56.6 cm


Arial warfare over Port Darwin. U.S. Air Corps, 5 Fighter Command of 49 Group, 9 Squadron, went up to meet a force of Japanese bombers and Zero fighters. The 14th Australian Anti-Aircraft Battery fired its 3.7 inch guns on a formation of 7Mitsubishi 'Betty' bombers, hitting the extreme left aircraft, destroying it completely. A flight of Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawks, manoeuvered by Captain Andrew Reynolds of the U.S Air Corps, destroyed 4 bombers, at the same time fighting off a 'Zero' fighter, which was hit by Reynolds.