Japanese Air Raid & Bombing of M.V.Koolama 1Print Page
Plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Air Raid on Wyndham in March 1942 and the bombing and sinking of the M.V.Koolama 1.
Japanese aircraft carried out bombing raids on the Wyndham meatworks and Wyndham airfield in Western Australia on 3 March 1942.
A De Havilland aircraft was attacked while landing at Wyndham airfield by a flight of Japanese Zeros during the first enemy air raid on the town on 3 March 1942. The crew and passengers abandoned the plane which trundled along the runway on fire. It stopped at the end of the runway where it burnt itself out. A group of nine "Betty" bombers then bombed the Wyndham airfield leaving a number of large mud holes in the runway.
On 20 February 1942, the Koolama was attacked by Japanese bombers off Cape Ruilhieres, approximately 150 kilometres west of Wyndham while carrying 91 passengers, 89 crew and a cargo of war supplies destined for the Australian Army at Wyndham. One man was killed and three were injured. It was the first aerial attack by the Japanese in the Kimberley region of Western Australia . During the next week, Aborigines and staff from nearby Drysdale Mission rescued most of the passengers and crew from the beach. Others were taken to Broome by flying boat.
Although hit, with continuous pumping the ship managed to return to Wyndham which was bombed on the 3rd March . Although the air attack had caused no apparent damage to the Koolama, she nevertheless started to sink and turned over in the water at Wyndham Wharf.
|Address:||Barytes Road, Wyndham, 6740|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -15.455444|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1992|
THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES THE
OF THE JAPANESE AIR RAIDS
DURING MARCH 1942
AND THE BOMBING OF M.V.KOOLAMA 1
WHICH EVENTUALLY SANK
ALONGSIDE WYNDHAM WHARF
WYNDHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY
WITH ASSISTANCE FROM
SHIRE OF WYNDHAM EAST KIMBERLEY
W.A COASTAL SHIPPING COMMISION