Lat 16° 27' 36S Long 145° 22' 27E Mossman is located in Queensland in Australia. To the south is Cairns.
On July 31, 1942 at 3:30 am H8K2 Emily piloted by Mizukura dropped eight bombs, incorrectly believing the area was Cairns. One civilian, a child was wounded by a shrapnel fragment. One bomb fell that same night on a sugar cane farm at Saltwater, located sixteen kilometers from Mossman. It exploded about 50 meters from a galvanized shed owned by Selice Zeillo. His two and a half year old daughter received a wound to the head from shrapnel which pierced the house and smashed a number of windows. She was in her cot when the bomb exploded. The bomb left a large crater seven meters across and one meter deep. Metal fragments from the bomb were later found with Japanese markings on them. The Emily returned to Rabaul at 10:10am after the 17 hour mission.
Oz@War - Japanese Air Raid near Mossman
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June 15, 2019