Darwin Defence Part II.

 

May 1943 to June 1943

NAME INIT. RANK DEST. PROB. DAM. DATE SQUAD. AIRCRAFT E/A LOCATION AREA #

EVANS D.F F/LT 1     43.05.02 452 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
GOLDSMITH  A.P F/O 1     43.05.02 452 Spitfire Hamp Darwin N.T  
MAWER* G.A F/O 1   1 43.05.02 452 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
BLAKE* A.H F/O   1   43.05.02 457 Spitfire Hap Pt.Blaze N.T  
BRIGGS C.R W/O     1 43.05.02 457 Spitfire Zeke Pt.Blaze N.T  
GREGORY R.H.W F/O     1 43.05.02 457 Spitfire Zeke Pt.Blaze N.T  
JAMES K.E S/LDR   1   43.05.02 457 Spitfire Zeke Pt.Blaze N.T 54
CALDWELL C.R W/C 2     43.05.02 1WING Spitfire Zero Darwin N.T  
ELDRED W F/S   1   43.05.02 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Pt.Blaze N.T  
FARRIES G.C F/O 1   1 43.05.02 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Pt. Blaze N.T  
FARRIES G.C F/O     1 43.05.02 54RAF Spitfire Hap Pt.Blaze N.T  
GIBBES E.M S/LDR 1   1 43.05.02 54RAF Spitfire Zero P.Blaze N.T  
GIBBES E.M S/LDR     1 43.05.02 54RAF Spitfire Bomber Pt.Blaze N.T  
DELAPORTE D.W.B P/O     1 43.05.09 31 Beaufighter Sally Millimgimbi N.T  
LITTLE B P/O   1 1 43.05.10 457 Spitfire Zeke Millimgimbi N.T 55
MORSE I.S P/O 1   1 43.05.10 457 Spitfire Zeke Millimgimbi N.T 55
WATSON R.W F/SGT 1   1 43.05.10 457 Spitfire Zeke Millimgimbi N.T  
MADDEN J.A F/O 1     43.05.11 31 Beaufighter Jake Wessell Is. N.T  
HALL E.S F/LT     1 43.05.02 452 Spitfire Hamp Darwin N.T 56
CLARK T.F F/O 1     43.05.28 457 Spitfire Betty Millimgimbi N.T  
JENKINS J.R F/SGT 1     43.05.28 457 Spitfire Betty Millimgimbi N.T  
WATSON  P.H F/LT     1 43.05.28 457 Spitfire Betty Millimgimbi N.T  
WHITE F.C F/SGT 1     43.05.28 457 Spitfire Betty Millimgimbi N.T  
KEARNEY J.T P/O 1     43.05.31 31 Beaufighter Zeke Langgoer Kai Is.  
SHORTER A.M P/O     1 43.05.31 31 Beaufighter Zeke Langgoer Kia Is. 57
ENTWISTLE J.D F/LT   1   43.06.04 31 Beaufighter Rufe Taberfane Aru Is. 58
31         2 43.06.04 31 Beaufighter Floatplane Taberfane Aru Is. 59
FORBES J.M F/O 1     43.06.12 31 Beaufighter Pete Taberfane Aru Is.  
HOPTON P.P.A F/O 1     43.06.18 7 Beaufort Jake Torres Straight QLD  
BISLEY J.H.E F/O 1     43.06.20 452 Spitfire Helen Cape Gambier N.T 60
COLYER K.L F/O     1 43.06.20 452 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
CROSS K.S F/SGT     1 43.06.20 452 Spitfire Sally? Darwin N.T  
EVANS D.F F/LT 1     43.06.20 452 Spitfire Sally Adam Bay N.T 60
MacDONALD  R.S S/LDR 1     43.06.20 452 Spitfire Sally Darwin N.T 60
MAWER* G.A F/O 1     43.06.20 452 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
ROWE* A.T.R P/O   1   43.06.20 452 Spitfire Sally Darwin N.T 61
WILLIAMS R.D F/O     1 43.06.20 452 Spitfire Sally? Darwin N.T  
BATCHELOR A.E F/SGT     1 43.06.20 457 Spitfire Bomber Darwin N.T  
EDWARDS D.R F/LT     1 43.06.20 457 Spitfire Bomber Darwin N.T  
MCDOWELL* F.R.J P/O 1     43.06.20 457 Spitfire Bomber Darwin N.T  
NEWTON J.S F/LT     1 43.06.20 457 Spitfire Bomber Darwin N.T  
SMITHSON J.H F/O 1     43.06.20 457 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
SMITHSON J.H F/O     1 43.06.20 457 Spitfire Bomber Darwin N.T  
CALDWELL C.R W/C 1     43.06.20 1WING Spitfire Zero Darwin N.T  
CALDWELL C.R W/C   1   43.06.20 1WING Spitfire Betty Darwin N.T  
WALTERS A.L G/CAP 1     43.06.20 1WING Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
APPLETON W.H P/O     1 43.06.20 54RAF Spitfire Lily Darwin N.T  
FOSTER R.W F/LT     1 43.06.20 54RAF Spitfire Zeke C.Gambit N.T  
FOSTER R.W F/LT 1     43.06.20 54RAF Spitfire Betty C.Gambit N.T  
HORKIN G F/SGT     1 43.06.20 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
HUGHES M.C F/O 2     43.06.20 54RAF Spitfire Sally Darwin N.T  
LAUNDY S.C.J SGT 1     43.06.20 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
LEONARD H.O F/O 1     43.06.20 54RAF Spitfire Lily Darwin N.T  
WHEELER D.M F/SGT 1     43.06.20 54RAF Spitfire Betty Darwin N.T  
WILKINS I.A F/O     1 43.06.22 31 Beaufighter Rufe Taberfane Aru Is.  
BROOK A.K F/O 1     43.06.28 457 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
CLARK T.F F/O 0.5     43.06.28 457 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T 62
CUNNINGHAM  R F/SGT 1     43.06.28 457 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T  
EDWARDS D.R F/LT   1   43.06.28 457 Spitfire Betty Darwin N.T  
HALSE W.J F/O 0.5     43.06.28 457 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T 63
MACKENZIE I.S F/O   1   43.06.28 457 Spitfire Betty Darwin N.T  
MACLEAN D.H F/LT 0.5     43.06.28 457 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T 64
NEWTON J.S F/LT 0.5     43.06.28 457 Spitfire Zeke Darwin N.T 65
CALDWELL C.R W/C   1   43.06.28 1WING Spitfire Zero Batchelor N.T  
DUNCAN C.R F/SGT     1 43.06.30 452 Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T 66
HALL E.S F/LT 1     43.06.30 452 Spitfire Zeke Peron Is. N.T  
LLOYD C.P F/O     1 43.06.30 452 Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T
 
TULLY P.D P/O 0.5     43.06.30 452 Spitfire Betty Anson Bay N.T 67
BARKER H.K F/O     1 43.06.30 457 Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T  
HAMILTON* F.D F/O     1 43.06.30 457 Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T  
MACKENZIE I.S F/O     1 43.06.30 457 Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T  
MACLEAN D.H F/LT     1 43.06.30 457 Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T  
CALDWELL C.R W/C 1     43.06.30 1WING Spitfire Zero Batchelor N.T  
CALDWELL C.R W/C   1   43.06.30 1WING Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T 68
FOSTER R.W F/LT 1 1   43.06.30 54RAF Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T  
GIBBES E.M S/LDR 1.5   2 43.06.30 54RAF Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T 69
GIBBES E.M S/LDR 1     43.06.30 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Batchelor N.T  
HORKIN G F/SGT   1   43.06.30 54RAF Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T  
LAUNDY S.C.J SGT 1 1 1 43.06.30 54RAF Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T 70
NORWOOD R F/LT     1 43.06.30 54RAF Spitfire Zeke Batchelor N.T  
NORWOOD R F/LT   1   43.06.30 54RAF Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T  
WICKMAN J.M SGT   1   43.06.30 54RAF Spitfire Betty Batchelor N.T  

 

 

 

Notes

 

54. Although ORB lists this claim as destroyed, Shores3 states that this was later downgraded to a probable.

55. Not listed in ORB but claimed combat report.

56. Listed by Shores3 but not in squadron victory list.

57. Some doubt as to whether this claim is from pilot or gunner/observer.

58. ORB only lists damaged claims for this day and that aircraft were Petes and Jakes.

59. ORB states "1 or 2 Petes and 1 Jake, airborne, were damaged". One of these claims being a probably destroyed to F/Lt. J.D Entwistle. It is unclear whether the other claims are from pilots or from gunner/observers.

60. Listed as a probable in squadron victory list.

61. Rowe was killed during this action. Grant states that gun camera footage found in the wreckage of his Spitfire indicated a probably destroyed claim. The squadron victory list has this claim as confirmed.

62. Shared with F/O J.S Newton.

63. Shared with F/Lt. D.H Maclean.

64. Shared with F/O W.J Halse.

65. Shared with F/O T.F Clark.

66. Grant includes an article written by C.R Duncan who made a late claim on this bomber after being shot down and lost in rough country. He was rescued and returned to his squadron after recuperation. Unfortunately because a month had elapsed since the combat, and multiple claims had already been made by other pilots on this bomber, Duncan's claim was too late to be included.

67. Shared with S/L E.M Gibbs of 54 Squadron RAF.

68. This probable claim mentioned in Caldwell's logbook but not in 457 Squadrons ORB, with whom he was flying with at the time, or 1Wings ORB.

69. Half claim shared with P/O P.D Tully of 452 Squadron. 2 damaged claims by Gibbes for this intercept listed in ORB but not confirmed in later squadron and 1st Wing documents.

70. These claims mentioned in squadron ORB but Squadron victory list and 1st Wing official claims list for this raid excludes Laundy's probable claim.