A Squadron Diarist’s Year At Nightcliff Camp: Darwin

Paperback - 16th December 2021 by Sarah Weatherhead-Kous (Author) "Boldness to Endure Anything" - RAF 54 Squadron Motto Sarah writes:- "While mostly told through my grandfather’s perspective, this book is an attempt to unite various accounts of the RAF in WWII Darwin, to fill in a few gaps, and to paint a picture of the characters and … Continue reading A Squadron Diarist’s Year At Nightcliff Camp: Darwin

Hinds Spitfire DL Code?

Most units of the Royal Air Force (RAF) are identified by a two character alphabetical or alpha- numeric combination squadron code. Usually, that code is painted on the aircraft belonging to that unit. The squadron code is usually presented along with an individual letter or character to form a call sign for the particular aircraft. Location of the call sign … Continue reading Hinds Spitfire DL Code?

Restoration of RAF 54 Squadron Leader E M Gibbs Spitfire Mk Vc

During the time in 1943 that William “Bill” Hinds was with RAF 54 Squadron in Darwin, his commanding officer was Squadron Leader Eric Malcolm “Bill” Gibbs. RAF Nos 562696 (NCO) and 43200 (Officer) Spitfire Mk Vc Tropicalised of 54 Squadron RAF, No.1 Fighter Wing being pushed into its camouflaged bay at Parap airfield, Darwin in … Continue reading Restoration of RAF 54 Squadron Leader E M Gibbs Spitfire Mk Vc

The First Spitfire Defence over Darwin

When 15 Japanese ‘Kate’ bombers appeared with fighter escorts over Coomalie airfield, south of Darwin, at 1430 on the 2nd of March 1943, the attackers had the unexpected experience of encountering Mk Vc Spitfires of the RAAF’s No 1 Fighter Wing. Spitfire Mk Vc at a Darwin airfield The three squadrons of the Wing (Nos … Continue reading The First Spitfire Defence over Darwin

Killer Clive Caldwell’s Spitfire over Darwin

"The Battle for the Skies of Darwin"Artist: Jim Laurie and Gareth Hector Group Captain Clive Robertson Caldwell, DSO, DFC (and Bar) (1911–1994) Clive Caldwell In late 1942 Caldwell returned to assist in the defence of Australia against the Japanese. He took command of No. 1 Fighter (Spitfire) Wing based at Darwin comprising RAF 54 Squadron … Continue reading Killer Clive Caldwell’s Spitfire over Darwin

Darwin Spitfires & Rolls Royce Merlin Engines

Royal Air Force personnel in Darwin servicing 54 Squadron Spitfires in 1943 and 1945 (images AWM) Royal Air Force personnel servicing the Rolls Royce Merlin engine of a RAF No.54 Supermarine Spitfire, Darwin, 1945. Spitfire of 54 Squadron being rolled back under camouflaged parking bay. June 1943 No.54 Squadron Royal Air Force armourers replenishing ammunition … Continue reading Darwin Spitfires & Rolls Royce Merlin Engines