Many of us may be aware of the February 19 raid on Darwin in 1942 which saw significant losses and damage of lives, structures and shipping.
Yet many Australians may not know that this was only the first in a series of air raids and incursions by the Japanese over the north of Australia that was to last a period of over 2 years and resulted in losses of over 60 aircraft and nearly 200 aircrew to the Empire of Japan.
Joining me this episode to discuss the Japanese air war over northern Australia is Dr Tom Lewis. Tom is the author of The Empire strikes south: Japan’s air war against Northern Australia 1942-45.
Tom has recently released Eagles over Darwin: American Airmen defending Northern Australia in 1942. During our conversation we did briefly segue into matters related to another work Tom released last year, Atomic salvation: How the A-Bomb attacks saved the lives of 32 Million people.
Other titles that Tom has written include: