The Australian Veterans' Accounts
Kokoda Veterans' Video Interviews
...describes the reaction of the Australians in Port Moresby to the shooting down of a Japanese aircraft.
“Then that afternoon a lone recce [reconnaissance plane] came over, the recce planes from the Japanese would just come over having a day afternoon out and go have a look at what the troops are doing at Moresby. They'd cruise around like they owned the place and they did this and the two [Australian] Kittyhawks were just waiting up in the sky somewhere. They got over Bootless Bay and they shot the plane down over Bootless Bay, an observation plane. You could hear the roar of the troops. Everybody roared when they went down, it sounded like we were at the Melbourne MCG on grand final day, it was fantastic. Really beaut.”