World War II

Think Dili, not Darwin

On 19 February 1942 Darwin was bombed in the first raid of 64 attacks by the Japanese air force. The bombing was designed to disable the infrastructure to prevent it being used against the Japanese push south. Japan had no intention of invading Australia. On the same day, Portuguese Timor was bombed and invaded, and the Japanese stayed there for 4 years. Richard Gregory has illustrated this situation superbly. Click here.