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Joint Media Release – Minister Keogh and Assistant Minister Thistlethwaite – In Remembrance of the 82nd Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin

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OFFICIAL

 

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THE HON MATT KEOGH MP

Minister for VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

MINISTER FOR DEFENCE PERSONNEL

 

THE HON MATT THISTLETHWAITE MP

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR THE REPUBLIC

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

19 FEBRUARY 2024

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE 82nd ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOMBING OF DARWIN

Today, we honour, remember and pay tribute to those who served, those who lost their lives and those whose lives were forever changed in the bombing of Darwin in 1942.

On 19 February 1942, Australia faced its first direct attack on home soil during the Second World War when Darwin became the target of Japanese bombing raids.

Some 240 Japanese aircraft raided the coastal town in two waves with devastating consequences.

More than 250 lives were lost, including members of the armed services, allied personnel, merchant mariners and civilians.

Northern Australia endured almost 100 raids over the course of the Second World War including Broome, Townsville, Horn Island and Wyndham, with 64 raids in Darwin alone, but none as devastating as 19 February.

On this day, we honour those who served, the civilians who lost their lives, and those forever haunted by the devastation.

Their sacrifices won’t be forgotten.

Lest we forget.

 

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DVA Media: media.team@dva.gov.au 

 

 

Read more about the attacks on Australia in 1942 on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Anzac Portal.

 

 

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