On this day...

22nd and 23rd January 1943

On this morning and the subsequent morning (23rd January 1943) 76 squadron based at Strauss Airfield south of Darwin and equipped with Kittyhawks RAAF -was attacked by Japanese aircraft. No casulaties or damage to aircraft were reported. 76 squadron were the 2nd RAAF squardron to be euipped with (P40E) Kittyhawks and had served in Milne Bay New Guinea up until late September 1942 before being transferred to Darwin.