RAF ground crew work on a Spitfire Mk VIII's Merlin engine at Darwin, Australia, c.1943.No. 54 (Spitfire) Squadron RAF, Darwin airfield in Northern Australia. Photographer: Argus newspaper, Melbourne Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

RAF ground crew work on a Spitfire Mk VIII's Merlin engine at Darwin, Australia, 54 (Spitfire) Squadron RAF, Darwin airfield in Northern Australia. Photographer: Argus newspaper, Melbourne Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

Thousands are left homeless and more than 30 people are feared dead after cyclone Tracy, with winds of up to hits the northern Australian city of Darwin on Christmas Day.

Devastation brought by Cyclone Tracy upon the Northern Territory city of Darwin. Courtesy – National Archives of Australia

Devastation brought by Cyclone Tracy upon the Northern Territory city of Darwin. Courtesy – National Archives of Australia

Headline News stamps of the 1974 Cyclone Tracy that hit Darwin, Australia v

Berrimah - Darwin - Northern Territory Before World War Two, in 1941 the Military authorities had decided on a number of locations in the north to identify.

Pitt St looking from King St towards Market Dt 1970s

Pitt St looking from King St towards Market Dt

Afghan cameleers played a significant role in opening up the inland of Australia's during the

Cyclone Tracy Darwin Australia 1974 by Larpoon, via Flickr Christmas eve the city of Darwin was flattened and many died. The country was in shock. So much devastation. Kids donated their pocket money and toys etc for the homeless and mourning residents. Such a sad time.

In 1974 Cyclone Tracy destroyed the City of Darwin in north Australia in a few hours See a map of Cyclone Tracy, pictures, photos, sound recordings and salvaged objects in the Darwin Museum exibit.

Dec. 1974: HMAS ARROW, the patrol boat crushed under Darwin's Stokes Hill Wharf during Cyclone Tracy - RAN. 1743: Two men, PO Leslie Catton and AB Ian Rennie were lost, the remainder of ARROW's crew made their way through flying debris to shore at the height of the cyclone. Able Seaman Robert McLeod was later awarded the Australian Bravery Medal for assisting his fellow crew members to safety despite his own injuries.

The first and largest foreign attack ever mounted on Australia - 240 Japanese…

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