The bombing of Darwin, 19 February 1942

On 19 February 1942 Australia was directly attacked for the first time by an external enemy. A few minutes before ten o'clock a force of Japanese aircraft swept over Darwin to begin the first of two raids on that day.

  • Roll of Honour talk, presented by Dr Peter Stanley on 19 February 2002 (transcript and audio)

  • Items from the collection: A leaflet "Darwin has been bombed – but not conquered" that was distributed to help mobilize the war effort and a report of the first air raids on Darwin by the Headquarters, Anti Aircraft Defence, Darwin.

  • Photo Gallery

ART 22736
Bomb damage to Darwin township, 19 February 1942
Roy Hodgkinson
AWM ART22736