The planes came in from the south-east, and I looked up and they appeared to me like a cemetery, the white underbellies… coming across the blue sky. We fired and were terribly disappointed because the shells fell behind and below the planes. The fuses were powder fuses, which they found out later didn’t last in the tropics. It was a big schemozzle the whole lot of it. The communications between the air force, the Americans, the army and the navy was non-existent.

MULHOLLAND, JACK - on the bombing of Darwin, 19 February 1942