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Australia's Pearl Harbour ; Darwin, 1942.

Author: Douglas Lockwood
Publisher: Melbourne : Cassell Australia, 1966. ©1966
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first ever attack on Australia by a foreign power occurred at Darwin on February 19, 1942. The town was attacked in broad daylight by 188 bombers, dive bombers and fighters from the same Japanese Carrier Task Force that, two months earlier, had brought the United States into the war at Pearl Harbour. As at Pearl Harbour, early warnings were ignored or misinterpreted. Eight ships were sunk, 243 people were  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lockwood, Douglas.
Australia's Pearl Harbour.
Melbourne, Cassell Australia [1966]
(OCoLC)563965568
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglas Lockwood
OCLC Number: 1351290
Description: xiii, 232 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps (on lining-papers) portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: The Japanese Task Force --
The Irresolute Evacuation --
The Warnings Ignored --
The Aerodromes: Raid 1 --
Pearl Harbour Parallel --
The Much Maligned Wharfies --
The Militia Tested --
The Silent Lines --
Death & Escape at Government House --
"All Patients under Beds!" --
R.A.A.F. --
Second Raid --
"Kill Twenty Japs Each!" --
The Adelaide River Stakes --
The Forsaken Aborigines --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: With a Foreword by Sir Frederick Scherger.

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"The first ever attack on Australia by a foreign power occurred at Darwin on February 19, 1942. The town was attacked in broad daylight by 188 bombers, dive bombers and fighters from the same Japanese Carrier Task Force that, two months earlier, had brought the United States into the war at Pearl Harbour. As at Pearl Harbour, early warnings were ignored or misinterpreted. Eight ships were sunk, 243 people were killed and between 300 and 400 wounded in the air raids. Although Singapore had already fallen and Java was about to be invaded, the R.A.A.F. did not have a single operational fighter aircraft in the area to meet an attack that was imminent and inevitable. Ten American P.40 (Kittyhawk) fighters were there. All were destroyed whilst attempting an impossible defence. The civil and military panic that followed has been described as shameful. A few hours after the raid the R.A.A.F. base was almost deserted. Servicemen and civilians fled the Darwin area on foot, on bicycles, and in a variety of vehicles which included a road grader and a sanitary cart. The circumstances of the bombing and what ensued were such that the Federal Government ordered an immediate investigation by a Royal Commission."--Jacket flap.

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