Title:   Darwin Spitfires: The real battle for Australia, AnniversaryEdition
Author:   Cooper, Anthony
Publisher:   UNSW Press NewSouth
Binding:   Paperback
Edition:   2022
APN:   9781742237787 or ISBN(1742237789)
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The Japanese air raids on Darwin on 19 February 1942 are well known to most Australians, but what happened afterwards?

For almost two years the airspace over north-west Australia was routinely penetrated by Japanese air raids, tallying about 70 in total. The 194243 air raids on Darwin constituted the only sustained and intensive direct assault on Australian territory in the whole of World War II.

Telling the story of the RAAF's No 1 Fighter Wing, composed of both Australian and British spitfire pilots, Darwin Spitfires explores the little-known 1943 season of air combat over the top end, recovering this important aspect of Australian history.

'This fascinating book reclaims an important, little-known aspect of our war history.' – Brisbane News

'It is a real pleasure to read Cooper's careful dissection of each dogfight, a display of unselfconscious expertise.' – Peter Stanley, The Canberra TimesDetailed and engrossing' – The Newcastle Herald

'For anyone with an interest in Australian aviation and/or military history.' – Sunday Tasmanian