The bombing of darwin also known as the battle of darwin on 19 february 1942 was the largest single attack ever mounted by a foreign power on australia on that day 242 japanese aircraft in two separate raids attacked the town ships in darwins harbour and the towns two airfields in an attempt to prevent the allies from using them as bases to contest the invasion of timor and java . The bombing of darwin on 19 february 1942 was both the first and the largest attack mounted by japan against mainland australia when four japanese aircraft carriers akagi kaga hiry and sry launched a total of 188 aircraft from a position in the timor sea these 188 naval aircraft inflicted heavy damage on darwin and sank eight ships. Darwin 1942 the japanese attack on australia campaign bob alford jim laurier on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers following the devastating raids on pearl harbor on december 7 1941 lightning advances by japanese forces throughout the pacific and the far east. Following the devastating raids on pearl harbor on december 7 1941 lightning advances by japanese forces throughout the pacific and the far east and a desperate battle by the allied command in the dutch east indies it became evident that an attack on australia was more a matter of when and . Fact sheet about the bombing of darwin japanese air raids on darwin and northern australia 1942 43 on 19 february 1942 mainland australia came under attack for the first time when japanese forces mounted two air raids on darwin
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