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Darwin Defender Angus Scott, 96, speaks about his time during the Japanese raids on Darwin. Story courtesy of The Weekly Advertiser
Below is a link to his story Darwin Defenders unveiling war history
The Bombing of Darwin, also know as the Battle of Darwin on 19 February 1942, was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on Australia. On that day, 242 Japanese aircraft, in two separate raids, attacked the town, ships in Darwin’s harbour and the town’s two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasion of Timor and Java
The town was only lightly defended and the Japanese inflicted heavy losses upon the Allied forces at little cost to themselves.
The urban areas of Darwin also suffered some damage from the raids and there were a number of civilian casualties.
The raids were the first and larges of around more than 100 air raids against Australia during 1942 – 1943.
Bombing of Darwin interactive
It is February 1942. A Japanese attack on Australia is expected. Can you prepare Darwin’s defences and protect Australia from this attack? Please note that this interactive requires Flash.
The link below provides recollections from Fred Foxon and Basil Hackett, a report in the Argus News 21 February 1942 and photograph of Lance Bombadier Fred Wombey . Link – Reports and recollections. PDF