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[Commemorative services to be held in Darwin on Sunday 19 February to mark the 53rd anniversary of the first Japanese raid]

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M E D I A R E L E A S ET he H on C on S ciacca MP M unibter for V e t e r a n s ' A ffairs 16 February 1995

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Attention news editors, chiefs of staff

FIFTY THREE years ago th e Second World War came to A u stra lia 's shores when the might of the Japanese military machine was unleashed on Darwin.

Aircraft carriers from the force which had attacked Pearl Harbour sent 188 aircraft to strike at Darwin on 19 February, 1942. Two hundred and forty three people were killed in the first raid and a similar number injured. Shipping and aircraft losses were heavy.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Mr Con Sciacca, will attend special Australia Remembers 1945-1995 commemorative services to be held in Danvin on Sunday, February 19 to mark the 53rd anniversary of the first raid. There will also be a special service on Bathurst Island to commemorate the vital

coastwatching role of Tiwi Islanders during the war.

Contact: Peter Thomas Minister's office 06 2777820 018 622660 Robyn Smith Australia Remembers Task Force Darwin 089 851909 Note editors; Background information on the D arwin bombing Is available from Paul Lewer on 06 2896611