25th September, 1946 : Australian farmers are counting on a new secret weapon in their fight against the ravages of grasshoppers: the air raid. Millions of grasshoppers died on a property near Gunnedah today when they were sprayed by poison from a converted RAAF Beaufort bomber. The plane, working in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture of New South Wales, made several runs over the field at low altitude, and on each run sprayed a strip about 70 yards long. The huge swarms of locusts cause enormous damage to crops.

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