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Title: "Capturing" the RAAF Drome - 1942
Name: Smith, Tom
My Story: Another event of significance at this time was the day we "captured" the RAAF drome. History will not record this incident because of the red faces. The media was present at H.Q. and had been promised a story on the strength of Australia's defence. A group of the "enemy" entered the drome limits by the back entrance. Defence forces had been strategically placed along McMillan's Road to waylay the "enemy". Our intelligence had mapped out an approach several days prior to the event. This route appeared to be almost impossible because of the mangroves and crocodile country. The "enemy" got through and waited to be crowned victors. Instead, the unit was criticised for making a fool of the defence. The exercise was repeated and this time our unit had to travel along McMillan's Road, and were ambushed by an A.I.F. group. This was the scenario expected and was the one provided for the press. When we were ambushed, we were met with open bayonets - not usual on exercises. Tom, expecting trouble, climbed a tree when he saw the open bayonets, to escape any injury. He stayed there for several hours.
Place: Darwin
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