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Not many people know a small outback town in the Northern Territory was also the target for a bombing attack in World War II. Darwin was pounded by the Japanese time and time again, but 80 years ago next week bombs also rained down on this unsuspecting town. The shock raid on Katherine came at the tail end of the wet season in 1942, a hail of shrapnel and high explosive rained down from high in the sky. Katherine is about 300 kilometres inland from Darwin, it wasn’t thought to be of much strategic importance. The bombing of Katherine, which will be marked as it is every year with a small ceremony on Tuesday, was the furthest encroachment of enemy aggression ever recorded on mainland Australia. History remembers Darwin’s destruction well, not so much Katherine. On March 22, 1942, nine “Betty” bombers from the Japanese Navy dropped between 82-92 high explosive bombs, “Dairy Cutters”, as they were popularly known. Because of Darwin’s vulnerability, there had been a large buildup of military personnel at Katherine as it was thought to be safe and far from the action.
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