Bombing of Darwin

The bombing of Darwin occurred on the morning of 19 February 1942, when 188 Japanese aircraft appeared over Darwin. The aircraft had taken off from four aircraft carriers in the Timor Sea. A Catholic priest over at Bathurst Island, father McGrath, radioed into the Darwin RAF base saying that there was a large flotilla of what he thought to be enemy aircraft approaching, however the warning was partially ignored, consequently the air raid sirens were sounded too late to give much warning. In the first two flotillas there were 188 Japanese aircraft, led by Commander Mitsuo Fuchida, who had also led the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbour. Read more about the Darwin bombing on our website >>

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