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Darwin under attack

Numbers tell the story of Australia’s northern war

29 January 2022

9:00 AM

29 January 2022

9:00 AM

The 80th anniversary of the first air raid on Australia occurs this year on 19 February. The numbers associated with the attack — and beyond — give some measure of the huge extent to which northern Australia was involved in second world war.

236 is the number of deaths of Australians — and 128 of those were in American service — which occurred on the day.

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