During WWII Darwin was bombed 64 times over almost two years, with the first two raids alone on 19 February 1942 resulting in the deaths of an estimated 243 people and many more injured.   Bombing of Darwin Day is a National Day of Observance and remnants of WWII are still visible at many locations across Darwin, Katherine and Adelaide River today.  Photo: Northern Territory Library

Oil storage tanks ablaze in Darwin 1942

Darwin Bombing - A bomb disposal squad preparing to remove a live bomb after an air raid on Darwin, 1942

Berrimah - Darwin - Northern Territory Before World War Two, in 1941 the Military authorities had decided on a number of locations in the north to identify.

Little know history of Australia... bombing of Darwin pictures

NT News and Breaking Territory News Headlines Online including Latest Darwin News from Northern Territory, Australia and the World. Read more News from the Darwin including News Headlines and Breaking News Stories at NT News

city in ruins after a 1942 Japanese air raid on Darwin - Northern Territory. The first attack on Darwin was led by the same Japanese Commander responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbour ten weeks earlier.

Darwin city in ruins after a 1942 Japanese air raid - Northern Territory. The first attack on Darwin was led by the same Japanese Commander responsible for the attack on Pearl Harbour ten weeks earlier.

During World War II, Cockatoo Island was the main ship repair facility in the southwest Pacific. 250 ships were converted or repaired at the island, including the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. In August 1943, the cruiser HMAS Hobart limped into Sydney Harbour and Cockatoo Island for repairs and modernisation after suffering torpedo damage in the New Hebrides. In 1945 HMAS Australia, a veteran of the Battle of the Coral Sea, also steamed home for repairs after suffering kamikaze attacks

Aerial photo of Cockatoo Island from 1944

The Japanese bombing of Darwin and northern Australia

This resource explores the attacks on Australian soil during and includes valuable information regarding the mobilisation of volunteers on the home front. It also includes a considerable number of maps, photos, documents and primary sources.

Darwin's post office was in ruins after the bombing of the city, 19 February 1942.

Image Darwin's post office was in ruins after the bombing of the city, 19 February - Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory

The vessel Zealandia was blown up in Darwin harbour in the aftermath of the bombing of Darwin, 19 February 1942.

The vessel Zealandia was blown up in Darwin harbour Australia, in the aftermath of the bombing of Darwin, 19 February

Memorial to Bombing of Darwin by Japanese

Memorial to Bombing of Darwin by Japanese

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The town and port of perhaps inhabitants was flattened. Two hours after the first attack, the planes came back and destroyed the airport

Darwin2  The town and port of perhaps 6,000 inhabitants was flattened.  Two hours after the first attack, the planes came back and destroyed the airport

The town and port of perhaps inhabitants was flattened. Two hours after the first attack, the planes came back and destroyed the airport

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