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    Darwin Northern Territory Australia

Hodgkinson Feb 19, 1942
Lat 12° 28' 0S Long 130° 49' 60E  Darwin is located on the north coast of the Northern Territory in Australia. Borders Darwin Harbor to the west and Shoal Bay to the north. To the south of Darwin Airfield is the suburb of Winnellie. The Stuart Highway and Stuart Rail Road extends to the southeast.

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.
During 1942-1945 the U.S. Army designated Darwin APO 921 (Army Post Office 921).

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

Darwin Harbor
Borders Darwin includes East Arm used as an anchorage and seaplane base.

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

Suburb to the south of Darwin Airfield includes the
Australian Aviation Heritage Centre (Darwin Aviation Museum).

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.

Darwin Area Airfields
Darwin Airfield (RAAF Station Darwin, RAAF Darwin)  built prewar first RAAF airfield in the Northern Territory.
Parap Airfield (Darwin Civil Aerodrome)  located at Darwin also known as Ross Smith Drome.
Darwin Harbor Seaplane Base  located in Darwin Harobr at Doctor's Gully.

Oz@War - Japanese air radis in Australia during WW2 - Northern Territory
Every Day A Nightmare (2010) pages 197 (map Darwin area February 1942 via AHSNT)

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April 23, 2021


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