Wartime in the Dou­glas district

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - HOT PROPERTY -

Carmela Zullo, a child from Miallo, was the only cit­i­zen in­jured by en­emy fire along east­ern Aus­tralia, when a stray bomb hit a cane pad­dock in Miallo, 31 Au­gust 1942.

The 6th Divi­sion AIF prac­ticed barge land­ings and en­gage­ment at Four Mile Beach and Dick­son In­let in 1944.

Air raid shel­ters, air raid war­dens, Coast­watch­ers, Vol­un­tary De­fence Corps (VDC), Vol­un­tary Aid De­tach­ments (VAD), Vol­un­tary Air Ob­ser­va­tion Corps (plane spot­ters) were all part of life in Moss­man and Port Dou­glas dur­ing the war.

The Battle of the Co­ral Sea, May 1943, prompted evac­u­a­tion of many women and chil­dren, clo­sure of schools and night time black-out. Air­craft reg­u­larly flew over the district. Alex Lyall, when a young lad, saw and painted planes fly­ing over his fa­ther’s dairy­farm on the Dain­tree River.

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