Today in History: 19 February 1942


War Comes to Australia: The Bombing of Darwin

On this day in 1942, Japan launched the first of a number of air raids on northern Australia, striking Darwin in the Northern Territory. The bombing of Darwin on the 19th February 1942 resulted in the deaths of over 250 people, hundreds more wounded, the destruction of 23 aircraft and 10 ships, with an
additional 25 ships damaged. The Japanese lost 7 aircraft in the attack.

Australia suffered more than 60 attacks from Japanese aircraft during World War II.

For more visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Darwin

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