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Wednesday, 25 February 1942

Mr DRAKEFORD (MaribyrnongMinister for Air) (Minister for Air) - by leave - Further details of yesterday's raid at Port Moresby show that the attack lasted nearly an hour, and that about 70 bombs were dropped. Enemy aircraft flew at about 20,000 feet. As a result of their activities some unimportant damage was done to service buildings. Confirmed civilian casualties totalled one killed and five injured. The value of slit trenches was again demonstrated when a bomb fell within 6 feet of a trench which was full of men. None of them was injured. A further raid took place to-day, but no particulars are available. As soon as information comes to hand, I shall make it known to honorable members.

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