380th Bomb Group Association

 NEWSLETTER #1 -- December 1999



10 September 1999

Mr Bob Franklin
Aviation Historical Society of the NT
PO Box 37621

Dear Bob

I have been informed that you are to attend the final reunion of veterans from 380 US Bombardment Group this month.

I can well imagine the mixed emotions of this occasion.

Can you please convey the following message to 380 veterans:

‘Greetings and best wishes from Australia's Northern Territory on this final gathering of the 380 Bombardment Group.

Your gathering is not only a celebration of friendships forged but it is also a commemoration of the dramatic events, which hold a place at the forefront of the history of Australia's Northern Territory.

On 19 February 1942 when the Japanese first bombed Darwin, 21 Allied ships were sunk or damaged, between 25 and 30 civil and military aircraft destroyed, major damage caused to Darwin and 243 people were killed and more than 300 wounded. It was the first of 64 Japanese raids on Darwin during World War II.

The Territory of today is filled with a sense of energy, enthusiasm and optimism for the future.

The 380 was among those who gave so much to make Darwin what it is today.

The Territory community is indebted to the 380 Bombardment Group and its efforts on our behalf during World War II.

Be in no doubt that the 380 will have an enduring place in the hearts and minds of its Aussie mates from Australia's northern most city.

History records your work out of Fenton and Longfield in defence of Australia and the region.

You have great cause to celebrate, and Territorians will be celebrating in spirit with you.


Yours sincerely


Chief Minister of Australia's Northern Territory


(Bob Franklin requested that we include this letter in the Newsletter. It has been retyped to fit U.S. stationery and space limitations.)





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