FACTS

Hello everyone today’s facts are about the bombing of Darwin.

The Bombing of Darwin, also known as the Battle of Darwin, on 19 February 1942 was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia.

On 19 February 1942 Darwin itself was bombed. Japanese fighters and bombers attacked the port and shipping in the harbour twice during the day, killing 252 Allied service personnel and civilians.

Japan wanted to destroy our country’s northern defences, so it could invade Timor and in the process send Australia a warning. Just before 10 a.m., Japanese forces launched 188 fighter planes from ships in the Timor Sea and headed for Darwin.

Darwin would be bombed a total of 64 times, the last raids occurring in November 1943. None of these subsequent raids would, however, match the ferocity of those on 19 February 1942.

The first two raids killed 235 people with a further 300 to 400 wounded. Thirty aircraft were destroyed, including nine out of the ten flying in defence, nine ships in the harbour and two outside were sunk, and some of the civil and military facilities in Darwin were destroyed.

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5 thoughts on “FACTS

  1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
    Certainly a black page in Australia’s history and so sad for all the lives lost, wounded people and buildings and things destroyed.
    My great uncle got imprisoned by the Japanese and spent quite some time in an internment camp before finally returning back to Timor. He was a priest and an advisor to several bishops.
    Rough times as he lived under a communist regime. We all are getting a taste of that nowadays ourselves…
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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