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    Darwin Harbor Northern Territory Australia

Location
Lat 12° 28' 0S Long 130° 49' 60E  Darwin Harbor is located on the coast of the Northern Territory in Australia. Borders Darwin to the south and is twice the size of Sydney Harbor. Also spelled Darwin Harbour.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, used as an anchorage for warships and merchant vessels and for seaplane operations.

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

Today
During 1961 removal of World War II wreckage began in Darwin Harbor. Today, there is regular dive charters to several of the sunken shipwrecks.

Darwin Harbor Seaplane Base
Located in Darwin Harbor

USS Peary DD-226
Sunk February 19, 1942

MV Neptuna
Sunk February 19, 1942

S23 "Corinthian" Tail G-AEUF
Pilot Ambrose crashed March 22, 1942 rediscovered September 2004 by Darwin high school student

P-40E Warhawk Serial Number ?
Pilot Strauss crashed April 27, 1942

P-40E Warhawk Serial Number ?
Pilot Fish crashed April 27, 1942

Spitfire A58-92
Pilot Thorold-Smith crashed March 15, 1943

PB2B-1 Catalina Serial Number A24-206
Sunk June 20, 1945

PBY-5 Catalina Serial Number A24-1
Pilot Bolitho crashed August 30, 1945

PBY-5A Catalina Serial Number A24-69
Sunk December 14, 1945

C-47B Dakota Serial Number A65-115
Pilot Lange ditched September 5, 1946

Kelat
Built in 1881 and was requisitioned by the Royal Australian Navy in July 1941. 1,849 tons, 260' long Naval Refueling lighter. Attacked by Japanese aircraft as it laid at anchor in Darwin Harbour in the Northern Territory on 19 February 1942. Machine gunned by Japanese aircraft and took about two days to sink in about 12 meters of water in a location well south of the Darwin wharves.

British Motorist
Tons 6,891. Sunk in Darwin Harbor February 19, 1942 during first Japanese air raid on Darwin.

Zealandia
Tons 6,600. Sunk in Darwin Harbor February 19, 1942 during first Japanese air raid on Darwin.

Meigs
Tons 12,568. Sunk in Darwin Harbor February 19, 1942 during first Japanese air raid on Darwin.

Mauna Loa
Tons 5,436. Sunk in Darwin Harbor February 19, 1942 during first Japanese air raid on Darwin.

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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