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RAAF Form A.50

No. 12 Squadron, RAAF - February 1942

5 February 1942
In accordance with DARWIN Operation Instruction No. 16/42 the aircraft and crews enumerated in Appendix "B" departed for DALY WATERS.
8 February 1942
Squadron Leader B.R. WALKER and Pilot Officer A.H. SPOONER returned from DALY WATERS in aircraft A20-62.
9 February 1942
All aircraft and personnel stationed at DALY WATERS departed for the following destination:-
"A" Flight - Civil Drome
"B" Flight - Permanent Drome
"C" Flight - Batchelor
13 February 1942
Squadron Headquarters "B" and "C" Flights moved to BATCHELOR, N.T., in accordance with Headquarters, DARWIN, letter 1/16/AIR dated 11th February, 1942.
19 February 1942
Information was received at approximately 1000 hours from DARWIN that enemy aircraft were overhead.
"A" Flight, 12 Squadron, Civil Drome, was in the territory bombed. Aircraft A20-232 at Civil Drome and A20-180 at the Permanent Drome were damaged by shrapnel.
20 February 1942
Aircraft bombed up and standing by for operations.
21 February 1942
Pilot Officer L. WETTENHALL in aircraft A20-88 made a search for survivors off ships - 17 were located in the flight. A20-182 (Pilot Officer L. WETTENHALL) dropped supplies to the survivors located earlier in the day and succeeded in sighting an additional 20 survivors.
Sergeant CRAWFORD, R.W. in aircraft A20-182 searched for survivors of burning ship wreckage and 3 dead were sighted on beach at BATHURST ISLAND.
22 February 1942
Defence Patrol by members of "A" Flight were made in the CAPE VAN DIEMEN - PERRON ISLAND area. Nil sightings.
23 February 1942
A search was made by Sergeant CRAWFORD, R.W. (A20-182) for survivors off S.S. "KOOLAMA" - ship and survivors were sighted. All hands saved. 3 injured.
25 February 1942
Vertical photography from 1200 feet of RAAF Station, DARWIN, was completed.
28 February 1942
Flying Officer S.A.D. BAKER (ex 5 Squadron) took over Adjutant's duties from Flying Officer G. KEMPYON, who was posted to 5 Squadron for Adjutant's duties.

"A" Flight Civil Drome completed submarine Patrols during the month in the vicinity of DARWIN harbour. Nil sightings.

Strength of Squadron as at 28th February, 1942.
Officers - 16
Airmen - 130
Aircraft - 18
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