Aussie P-39 Airacobra – Emergency Defender

This is an aviation site well worth taking the time to read! Enjoy your weekend!

 

Aces Flying High

Following the declaration of war with Japan in World War Two on December 8th, 1941 and their rapid invasion of the South-West Pacific and New Guinea, by 1942 Australia was under the imminent threat of Japanese Invasion. Between February 1942 and November 1943 Japanese aircraft attacked targets in the north of mainland Australia (Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland) along with nearby shipping and islands at least 97 times. The worst attack made was upon Darwin on February 19th, 1942 killing between 235 to 250 people and causing widespread destruction of the city and military targets including ships and aircraft.

Japan attacks Australia Darwin in flames - February 19th, 1942 Darwin in flames – February 19th, 1942 (photo source: RAN Historical Collection)

The RAAF was not well equipped with modern combat aircraft at the start of World War Two and in the first two years of war many of the RAAF pilots and air crews were serving in Europe, North Africa and the Middle…

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About GP Cox

Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GPCox is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on February 28, 2015, in Uncategorized, WWII and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. Good to read a lot of history

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  2. Excellent piece of history, the Bell P-39 must have been a formidable aircraft even without the supercharger. Reconstruction crews do an excellent job in preserving these pieces of our war air fleet.

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  3. Thanks for the reblog and all the great comments from those who have taken a look

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  4. Wünsche einen schönen ersten März Grüße von mir Gislinde

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  5. Fascinating, GP. Once Australia got going, they played a critical part in defeating Britain. Good history.

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  6. He has a great blog and interesting story!

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  7. Did you get my message about Maj Kline? I sent the site with his listing.. togetherwe served?

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  8. About enjoying my weekend…
    I’m visiting Mr. Le May who has shared what I have been writing lately on RCAF 403 Squadron.

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  9. Everyone was unprepared for the Japanese onslaught even though the writing was on the wall. The P-39 didn’t have the performance to tackle the Japanese Zero.
    Beautiful plane.

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