When the War Came to Darwin

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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

Below is the story of Japanese attacks on Darwin

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.

Darwin Defenders Website link

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 Bombing of Darwin

An interactive video Bombing of Darwin

Interactive video of the attack on Darwin




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