Featured Story

Featured Story

The FEATURED STORY pays tribute to a person, and or event, connected to 1 W.A.G.S Ballarat.

The story commemorates the valiant RAAF 1 W.A.G.S trainees who served in WW2 in all theatres of war – those who lost their lives and those who returned.

 

The FEATURED STORY honours  - 

THE BOMBING OF DARWIN 80 YEAR COMMEMORATION

FEATURING

FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ROGER BRIAN WINSPEAR RAAF

One hundred and one year old Flight Lieutenant Brian Winspear was the guest of honour at the recent Commemoration of 80 Years since the Bombing of Darwin held on the 19th February 2022. Brian is one of the last WW2 airmen to see active service and witness the Bombing of Darwin.

 Darwin, with its port and airfield facilities, was deemed vital in Australia's defences against Japanese forces during World War II. 
That day, just before 10am, about 188 Japanese aircraft launched a deadly air raid on Darwin, followed closely by a second attack destroying ships, airfields and reducing what was then a town to rubble.
About 235 people were killed, more than 400 people wounded, 30 aircraft destroyed, nine ships sunk, and many military and civilian facilities destroyed.

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Acknowledgements

National Archives of AustraliaUBC Web DesignCity of BallaratDepartment of Veterans+39 AffairsAustralian War MemorialRSL Virtual War Memorial