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Commemorates the 66th anniversary of the first air attack by the Japanese on Australia during World War Two.

On February 19, 1942 at 11.57am the second raid on Darwin by 54 Japanese heavy bombers began. In two raids, up to 1500 people died, 23 Australian aircraft were destroyed.

The United States Air Force lost 10 P40 Kittyhawks, one B24 bomber, three Beechcraft and three Catalina amphibians. The RAAF lost six Hudsons, eight ships were sunk and 15 were damaged with the Japanese losing 12 aircraft in the attack.


Address:Memorial Drive, Sawyer Park Cenotaph, Horsham, 3400
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.722716
Long: 142.202313
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:19-February-1942
Actual Event End Date:19-February-1942


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 19th February, 2008
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Plaque 1 :

Darwin Defenders Memorial

This memorial was erected to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the first Air Attack on Australia (Darwin)

19th February 2008

Regional Personnell Service Untis in Darwin included :
19th (Aust) Machine Gun Battalion
236 Light Aid Detachment
112 (LAA) Light Anti Aircraft Regiment
8th (Aust) Infantry Battalion

When war came to Australia

Plaque 2 :

To commemorate the 900 personnel from Horsham, Southern Mallee and Wimmera Regions who formed the Horsham based 19th (Aust) Machine Gun Battalion (23rd Brigade) and their contribution to the defence of Darwin, and Northern Territory from 64 enemy air attacks
19th February 1942 until 1944

Lest We Forget

Source: MA, VWHI
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