This week marks 75 years since the last raid on Darwin by the Japanese during World War II. It turned out to be a defining moment for Spitfire pilot Jack Smithson. In the dark before dawn on 12 November 1943, nine enemy aircraft struck Darwin, causing minor damage across the town. Smithson found, chased and shot down two, achieving the only 'double night victory' in the defence of Northern Australia. For that feat he was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and went on to fly for Qantas after the war.
Picture: Australian War Memorial, 016412
Published: 18 November 2018