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
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.
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.