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Only three per cent of Australians know the true extent of the Bombing of Darwin - there were more bombs dropped and ships sunk than at Pearl Harbour. On the morning of February 19, , Darkie was in the shower when air raid sirens sounded: Japanese planes were dropping bombs on Darwin, bringing the war to Australian shores. Darkie leapt out of the shower, wrapped a towel around himself, pulled on his boots and hat, and ran to the gun site. Darkie shot down a Japanese dive bomber, with his friends later teasing him about whether he shot down the plane or the pilot saw him naked and died of fright!
Darkie was awarded for his courage, receiving the Military Medal for bravery against the enemy on Australian soil. There is a memorial to him which now rests at Haileybury Rendall Private School, close to where the event happened, and one at Greystanes in Sydney, where Darkie lived with his family after the war. And no matter what tonic you put with it; the flavour of the gin is never lost.
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