Thursday 19 February 2015

The 73rd  anniversary of the day that Darwin was bombed and war came to Australia.

On 19 February 1942, World War II was brought to the shores of Australia when the Japanese dropped bombs over Darwin. On this day over 243 people, both armed forces personnel and civilians, lost their lives. Eight ships were sunk and 11 damaged. A section of the wharf was destroyed. Over the next 21 months, Darwin, Adelaide River and Katherine were bombed 64 times.

The Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin is commemorated each year on 19 February at the Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, Darwin to tribute, honour and remember those who defend Darwin.