Don Anderson - Darwin bombing aftermath

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1 min 20 sec
Date made
Department of Veterans' Affairs


Darwin was a mess. There was not a single undamaged building in the place. It was just a mess. We tied up to the remains of the long pier and the only thing linking the two broken halves of it was a railway line which was still there, the rest of it was broken away with the Neptune, a 10,000-ton ship lying on its side alongside the wharf where it had been bombed but I didn't experience the initial bombing of Darwin but we did, every time it was a moonlight night the Jap planes would come over to do some bombing, mainly to the airport. There was nothing left in the harbour. The harbour was left fairly untouched but the first bombing, of course, that was disastrous.

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