Pearl Harbor anniversary a reminder of Broome WWII attacks

Written on the 13 December 2016

Pearl Harbor anniversary a reminder of Broome WWII attacks As world leaders and crowds gather to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, most Australians are still unaware of our nation's deadly link to the so-called day of infamy.

While Hollywood blockbusters and traditional schooling have ingrained the significance of the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks into our psyche, little is known of the brutal raids on Australia's coastline by the very same Japanese pilots who destroyed the Hawaiian naval base.

In fact, the second deadliest military attack on our soil resulting in the death of at least 88 people in the exotic WA pearling town of Broome is today barely a footnote in most school history textbooks.

On top of the heavy loss of life, 15 Allied seaplanes were destroyed on Roebuck Bay and a US Liberator, carrying more than 20 injured servicemen was shot down a short distance from Broome's famous tourist spot, Cable Beach.


Source: The Australian

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