Carrier attack Darwin 1942

Tom Lewis and Peter Ingman

The complete guide to Australia's own Perl Harbour.

When the Pacific war began it was a case of “when, not if” Darwin would be attacked.  Nobody could have predicted the extraordinary scale and ferocity of the 19 February 1942 raid.  A massive strike force, bloodied at Pearl Harbor just weeks before, hit Darwin in the biggest Japanese air attack ever in the South Pacific.

Since then, generations of Australians have been drawn to the stories and folklore of the Darwin action.  But facts have blurred and mythology has thrived.

The Darwin raid is usually portrayed as a wholesale disaster for the Allies, and a day full of military ineptitude. Carrier Attack shows the defenders were alert and fought with purpose.  Arguably it was the Japanese that wasted much of their attacking strength, and in this way the Darwin defenders avoided a much larger catastrophe.

Carrier Attack provides a fresh analysis of the raid. Most importantly, it draws on specially translated Japanese sources.

Hard cover, 368 pages.