On this day: Air Raid Damage in Australia

8th October 1942: A house at Myilly Point in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory destroyed by a Japanese air raid.

Australia was bombed in about a hundred separate air raids between 1942 and 1943 during the Second World War.

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Remains of a house at Myilly Point in Darwin damaged in a Japaneses Air Raid. 8th October 1942 Northern Territory Australia Second World War Two

On this day: Air Raid Damage in Australia

2nd April 1943: A house in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory is severely damaged by a Japanese air raid.

Australia was bombed in about a hundred separate air raids between 1942 and 1943 during the Second World War.

From the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Damaged_house_(Darwin)A house in Darwin damaged in a Japaneses Air Raid. Northern Territory, Australia. Second World War Two. Bombing of Darwin.

On this day: the bombing of Darwin

800px-Darwin_42The explosion of an oil storage tank and clouds of smoke from other oil tanks hit during the first Japanese air raid on Australia's mainland, at Darwin on 19 February 1942.

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The first of Japan’s Second World War attacks on Darwin, Australia occurred on the 19th of February, 1942.

The same fleet that bombed Pearl Harbor bombed the Northern Territory, but considerably more bombs were dropped on Australia than in the US.

Remains_of_the_Darwin_Post_OfficeRemains of the Darwin Post Office after the first Japanese Air Raid. 19 February 1942.

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The attack came in two waves, and hundreds of people – including civilians – were killed. It was the beginning of many Japanese attacks on Australia (there were approximately 100 more attacks), who had been involved in the conflict since the beginning of the war.

On this day: Qantas was Founded

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Qantas’ second office, photographed in mid-1921. Source

Australia’s national airline, Qantas, was founded on the 16th of November, 1920 in Winton, Queensland. It was called Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited.

The airline is the third oldest in the world, after the Dutch airline, KLM and Colombian airline, Avianca.

Arrival at Longreach of the Armstrong Whitworth FK8, with the first bag of air mail, on the inaugural flight of the first Qantas air service from Charleville to Cloncurry.22nd November 1922.

Arrival at Longreach in 1922

Qantas began flying internationally in 1935, with flights from Darwin to Singapore, with connections to Imperial Airways for passengers to continue on to London.