Bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942. Darwin, the capital of Australia's Northern Territory, was devastated by Japan's Pearl Harbour veterans on the 19th February 1942, in which 243 people were killed. Messimer on pages 186-187 says the Asiatic Fleet/Patwing 10 Utility squadron was destroyed at Mariveles, Philippines on January 10, 1942. Darwin was a battle Australia would rather forget. Darwin was a battle Australia would rather forget. Darwin, 19 February 1942. Grose observes that the Japanese attack on Darwin paralleled their attack, only 10 weeks previously, on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese struck with the same carrier-borne force that devastated Pearl Harbor only ten weeks earlier. The Morning of the 19th of February, 1942 was the start of the war at home. This bedroom suffered severely when hit by a bomb during the attack on Darwin Credit: Australian War Memorial . More bombs fell on Darwin, more civilian targets were struck, and more ships were sunk. He claims 2 SOCs, 2 OS2Us and 1 J2F lost on that date to Japanese aircraft strafing. In fact, there were a total of 64 air raids on Darwin and 33 on other parts of Northern Australia. AT DARWIN, NT ON 19 FEBRUARY 1942 . The Japanese air raids on Darwin, Australia , on 19 February 1942 were the largest attacks mounted by a foreign power against Australia. 1942: February 19: Japanese Raid at Darwin, Australia On February 19, 1942, the Japanese, led by Vice Admiral Nobutake Kondo, attacked Darwin, Australia, in the largest attack by a foreign power on the country to render it indefensible and to stop the flow of Allied shipping and traffic. The Japanese struck with the same carrier-borne force that devastated Pearl Harbor only ten weeks earlier. Eight ships in the harbour were sunk and at least 250 people were killed. The target of Japanese air raids in February 1942, Darwin had more bombs dropped on it than Pearl Harbor. The Bombing of Darwin – 19th February 1942 THE FIRST RAID At exactly 8am on the 19th of February 1942 the Japanese aircraft which included over 36 Zero Fighters, 71 Dive Bombers and 81 Level Bombers with this that start to commence their mission on Darwin. Yet the Japanese attack on 19 February 1942 was the first wartime assault on Australian soil. On this day, 242 Japanese aircraft attacked ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields in an attempt to prevent the Allies from using them as bases. In all, the Japanese attacked Darwin 64 times and the last attack occurred in late 1943. For years the Japanese attack on Darwin, in February 1942, was rarely mentioned, but now the story is finally being told. 19 February 1942. On 19 February 1942, an Imperial Japanese Navy A6M2 "Zero", Serial No. The film 'Australia' was set in the Northern Territory from the late 1930's and through to the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942. The Japanese struck with the same carrier-borne force that devastated Pearl Harbor only ten weeks earlier. On 19 February 1942 the Japanese attacked Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory. After all the noise had gone and everything was quiet it was great fun talking about how we felt while the raid was on. There’s much to learn and discover about military history in our city. The bombing sank at least seven large ships and damaged many others. Darwin had held strategic importance to Japanese operations in the region because it was a leading shipping port and aircraft base that kept Allied troops in supply throughout the whole region. It all started that morning when the Japanese decided to bomb Darwin. 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