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In Babo was stationed a Dutch garrison of about 200 KNIL soldiers. An airfield was still in construction. The town was important because of its rich oilfields in the vicinity. Babo was raided by Japanese planes for the first time on 30 December 1941, and was considered as a substitute base in case Laha and Namlea became untenable to operate from. Three Hudson bombers were sent there to act as 'fighters', this temporary duty was regarded to be against four-engined enemy flying boats. The Dutch garrison at Babo was hard at work improving defences and clearing for a second runway. The 2nd Detachment arrived in Babo on 2 April 1942, landed their NLF unit and occupied the town. Most KNIL soldiers managed to escape to Australia.
If Hudsons were based there they would be RAAF.
p242 of RAAF History
Namlea, about 100,000 gallons of aircraft fuel had been stored an d
practically all accommodation—for one squadron at each base—had been
completed, but there were deficiencies in bombs and ammunition . Airfield
construction was in progress at Liang (northern Ambon), Djailolo (Halmahera
Islands), Babo (Dutch New Guinea), Atambua (Timor) and
Saumlaki (Tanimbar Island) .
By Dec 30 p274
274 "HOURS NOT DAYS " 30-31 Dec
attack. Immediately the news of the raid on Babo was received, three
Hudsons were sent there from Laha to do temporary duty as "fighters". 7
Three of No. 13 Squadron's aircraft were recalled from Namlea and their
place was taken by a flight of four from No . 2 Squadron with Flight
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