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A Spitfire pilot, Flying Officer Hinds, was shot down and killed, while two others, Squadron Leader Mac Donald, commander of No 452, and Pilot Officer Tully 7 were shot down but escaped by parachute .
A cannon shell from a Japanese fighter exploded in the cockpit of Mac Donald’s machine and he suffered serious burns before baling out.
On the 6th July 1943, prior to interception of an enemy formation of around 27 bombers and 23 fighters that were to attack the US Liberator base at Fenton, Hinds aircraft engine overheated due to an oil pressure drop and glycol leak, forcing him to land on the beach near Port Patterson.
He was un-injured but the aircraft was so severely damaged that it was only useful for it’s component parts. The raid on the 6th July 1943 was the last in strength over the Darwin area.
Not only will the site be nearly completely ad-free, but it will run faster and pages will load more quickly.While the Spitfires of Nos 54 and 452 were near Port Patterson the pilots saw 21 enemy aircraft 16 miles west of Sattler and at a higher altitude.