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A plaque unveiled on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and the sinking of the USS Peary commemorates the sacrifice made by United States of America naval personnel in the defence of Darwin. The plaque is a commemoration and a testament to the enduring friendship between the people of Darwin and the people of the United States. The plaque is situated near the wreck of the USS Peary.
On 19 February 1942 Darwin experienced a massive Japanese air attack. At about 1045, Peary was attacked by Japanese dive bombers, and was struck by five bombs. A .30 caliber machine gun on the after deck house and a .50 caliber machine gun on the galley deck house fired until the last enemy plane flew away. Peary suffered 88 men killed and 13 wounded. She sank stern first at about 1 p.m. on 19 February 1942. She was struck from the Navy List on 8 May 1942.
|Address:||Wreck of USS Peary, Darwin Harbour, Darwin, 0800|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -12.475|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||19-February-1942|
|Actual Event End Date:||19-February-1942|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 19th February, 2012|