Bombing of Darwin


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DVA Publications Staff

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, today encouraged Australians to honour those who defended Darwin against Japanese air raids during the Second World War. 

On 19 February 1942, Darwin suffered two horrifying air raids that caused widespread devastation. These attacks were followed by more than 60 raids over the next twenty months. Luckily none had the same horrific impact.

“The raids took Darwin by surprise, with Japanese fighters and bombers about to begin their first attack when air raid sirens sounded,” Senator Ronaldson said.

The National Archives of Australia has produced a fact sheet so you can find out more about the bombing of Darwin.

A 92WG Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion conducts a fly over at a Bombing of Darwin commemoration.
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