18 Feb '12, 7am

Australia marks 70 years since WWII Darwin bombing

Australia marks 70 years since WWII Darwin bombing

SYDNEY: Australia began marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's World War II bombing of Darwin, an event seen as the nation's "Pearl Harbour" and the root of its alliance with the United States. Air raids on the remote northern city on February 19, 1942 killed at least 243 people and wounded hundreds more in a wave of destruction authorities vastly downplayed at the time. The bombing, which followed hard on the heels of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese, unleashed panic in the streets of Darwin and was a taste of bombing raids across the country's north that continued until November 1943. While opening a museum exhibition dedicated to the event, Veterans' Affairs Minister Warren Snowdon said the Japanese battlegroup that covered Darwin's skies in the air raid were the same group that had bombed the US Pacific Fleet at Hawaii's Pearl Harbour. "There were more airplanes ...

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