U.S.S. Peary PlaquePrint Page
Plaque commemorates the U.S.S. Peary and is dedicated her crew who gave their lives during World War Two.
The first enemy attack on Australian soil in the history of the Commonwealth of Australia occurred at 9.58am on Thursday 19 February 1942. The small Northern Territory town of Darwin suffered an air-raid attack by 188 Japanese aircraft. At the time of the attack the civilian population numbered less than 2000. The main target for the first attack was Darwin`s harbour. There were upwards of 45 ships in the port, including the US destroyer Peary. Within minutes Peary had been sunk with a loss of 80 lives.
|Address:||Esplanade, Darwin Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, Darwin, 0800|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -12.466696|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||19-February -1942|
|Actual Event End Date:||19-February-1942|
U.S.S. PEARY DD 226
COMMISSIONED OCT. 22,1920
AT WILLIAM CRAMP AND SON SHIPYARD
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA U.S.A.
SUNK BY JAPANESE AIRCRAFT
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA FEB. 19. 1942
DEDICATED TO THOSE
SHIPMATES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
DALLIS E. WIDICK U.S.N.
JOHN H. PATTERSON U.S.N.R.