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    Darwin Northern Territory Australia

Location
Lat 12° 28' 0S Long 130° 49' 60E  Located on the coast, surrounded by Darwin Harbor.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Darwin sustained 64 air raids by Japanese aircraft between February 19, 1942 until November 12, 1943 that rendered Darwin port ineffective for most of the war. A number of airfields were built in the vicinity to base RAAF, USAAF and NEIAF aircraft.

Japanese missions against Darwin
February 19, 1942 - November 12, 1943

Darwin Harbor
Harbor with sunken ship and airplane wrecks from the war

East Point Military Museum & Fortifications
Museum built at wartime bunker location

Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
Aviation museum with several WWII aircraft and displays

Oil Storage Tanks & Tunnels
One of the more interesting things constructed in Darwin during World War II were some oil storage tanks near the wharves. Originally eight were planned but only four were built. Today, two of these are open for viewing between 10 am and 2 PM. Tunnels driven into the limestone go underneath Darwin's City Center.

Berrimah War Cemetery
Located opposite 119 AGH hospital facility east of Darwin. Today Kormilda College, transport company compound. During the war, the remains of the 32 Japanese airmen were buried here. During the 1950s the Japanese were exhumed and transferred to the Cowra War Cemetery.

    Darwin Area Airfields
  Built prior to the war important airfield
  south of Darwin used by USAAF and RAAF
  Wartime airfield in south suburb of Darwin
  wartime airfield used by RAAF
  south of Darwin along the highway
  south of Darwin along highway
  south of Darwin along highway, Hughes Field is to the north
   north of Fenton used by RAAF attacked by Japanese twice
   north of Fenton used by RAAF attacked by Japanese twice

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August 27, 2014

 

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