14th and 2nd Anti-Aircraft Batteries - 60th Anniversary Print Page
Plaque dedicated at the site of the 14th and 2nd Anti-Aircraft Batteries guns which fired on the Japanese when they attacked Darwin on the 19th February 1942. The plaque was erected by the people of Darwin and dedicated on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin in 1942.
|Address:||Esplanade, Bicentennial Park near Cenotaph, Darwin, 0800|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -12.466738|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||19-February-1942|
|Actual Event End Date:||18-February-2002|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 18th February, 2002|
Site of Number One gun of the Australian 14th Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery base at what was known as the Oval.
The guns of the Australian 14th and 2nd Heavy Anti- Aircraft Batteries were the first army units to engage enemy forces attacking the Australian
mainland when on 19th February 1942, 242 Japanese aircraft bombed and strafed Darwin township and its defences in two raids.
The Japanese attacked Darwin
and the Top End on 64 occasions
from 19th February 1942 to
12th November 1943.
Dedicated by the
citizens of Darwin
18th February 2002