Saturday, September 1, 2018

Bombing of Darwin, Australia

I didn't realize that the Japanese also bombed the Australia port town of Darwin just a bit more than two months after Pearl Harbor until I watched the movie Australia.   This was the first, and most effective of 97 Japanese bombing missions to Australia. 
On 19 February 1942 188 naval aircraft from the carriers Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu and Soryu attacked the harbor at Darwin.  They were successful in sinking eight ships. They also inflicted heavy damage upon the town.  This raid was followed by 54 land based aircraft that attacked the RAAF Airport and destroyed 20 aircraft.  The Japanese lost four aircraft from the carriers.  235 people were killed and 300 to 400 injured.
Darwin would continue to be the focus of attacks, especially the landing strip, but none of this magnitude.  As a seaport Darwin was pretty much abandoned during the war because it was vulnerable to attack.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, I was ignorant of this so I very much appreciate your posting.