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Newsreel coverage of the Bombing of Darwin

The bombing of Darwin also featured in Movietone and Cinesound newsreels. This footage was seen in cinemas around Australia from March 1942. The newsreels are accessible through the National Film and Sound Archive.

Cinesound newsreels

Title No: 79982
Title: DARWIN BOMBING : EYE WITNESS STORY
Release Date: 27 Febuary 1942

Title No: 99243
Title: HOSPITAL SHIP BOMBED IN DARWIN
Release Date: 13 March 1942
Summary: Shows the severe damage sustained by the hospital ship 'Mununda' when it was bombed by Japanese raids on Darwin in 1942. The footage was taken while the ship was undergoing repairs in Perth. (01:03)

Title No: 73484
Title: RED CROSS TRAIN BRINGS DARWIN WOUNDED
Release Date: 20 March 1942
Summary: A steam train pulls in to Sydney carrying casualties of the Japanese bombing raids on Darwin on 19 February, 1941. The specially equipped Red Cross train carries wounded from the Army, Navy and Air Force, Mercantile Mariners and a few civilians. A number of men are interviewed at the station while the seriously injured are taken directly to a military hospital by ambulance. (01:38)

Title No: 83271
Title: DARWIN UNDER BLITZ
Release Date: 17 April 1942

Title No: 132914
Title: AT THE READY ON AUSTRALIA'S NORTHERN FRONT
Release Date: 18 April 1942
Summary: Newsreel item from 1942 about preparations for the defence of the north of Australia in the aftermath of the bombing of Darwin. Damage caused by the bombing of Darwin is shown and soldiers are shown undergoing artillery training at positions near Darwin and in Northern Queensland. A group of Aboriginal soldiers is also shown. (03:30)

Movietone Newsreels

Title No: 241801
Title: [DARWIN EVACUEES]
Release Date: 28 Febuary 1942

Title No: 89419
Title: HOSPITAL SHIP IN DARWIN RAID
Release Date: 14 March 1942
Summary: Shows the damage done to the hospital ship 'Manunda' when it was bombed in a Japanese raid on Darwin on February 19, 1942. (01:11)

Title No: 30158
Title: MOVIETONE NEWS. VOL. 13 NO. 14. AUSTRALIA AT WAR. [HOSPITAL TRAIN BRINGS AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS WOUNDED IN FIRST DARWIN RAID]
Alternative Title: AUSTRALIA AT WAR. [HOSPITAL TRAIN BRINGS AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS WOUNDED IN FIRST DARWIN RAID]
Release Date: 21 March 1942

Title No: 89427
Title: AUSTRALIA AT WAR. [HOSPITAL TRAIN BRINGS WOUNDED SOLDIERS FROM DARWIN : NURSES FROM FAR EAST]
Alternative Title: [HOSPITAL TRAIN BRINGS WOUNDED SOLDIERS FROM DARWIN : NURSES FROM FAR EAST]
Release Date: 21 March 1942
Summary: A steam train pulls into Sydney's Central Station carrying the first Australian soldiers to be wounded on Australian soil by enemy action, the result of Japanese bombing raids on Darwin. Some of the injured men are carried on stretchers to waiting ambulances and driven away. Australian nurses returned from action in the Far East are greeted by friends and relatives and Sister Hurley gives an account of a bombing raid on the ship in which they were returning to Australia. (02:04)

Title No: 89486
Title: A DAY WITH OUR MEN AT DARWIN FACING THE JAPS
Release Date: 16 May 1942
Summary: A look at the Australian Army garrison defending Darwin from Japanese attack. Under cover of camouflage nets, bomber craft are refuelled and maintained. Fresh ammunition belts are taken aboard and bombs loaded, then the planes take off to search for enemy ships off the north coast. Inland, soldiers wearing gas masks and accompanied by motorbikes and tanks, march through scrub and jungle to coastal gun stations from which offensive artillery attacks are launched. (02:00)

Title No: 251513
Title: [BOMBING OF DARWIN. AFTERMATH OF JAPANESE ATTACK AND ARRIVAL OF AMERICAN AIRCRAFT AND AIRCREW]
Release Date: 26 June 1942

Title No: 89540
Title: JAPS RAID DARWIN
Release Date: 26 June 1942
Summary: Graphic pictures during and after the Japanese bombing raid on Darwin in World War II. As Japanese planes fly overhead and drop their bombs, Australian soldiers on the ground man anti-aircraft guns and R.A.A.F. pilots take off. Extensive damage to homes and city buildings is shown and an oil repository catches fire. (02:34)

Title No: 120418
Title: SPECIAL : HEAVY RAID ON DARWIN
Release Date: 26 June 1942
Summary: Australian soldiers in Darwin prepare for a Japanese bombing raid by building sandbag barriers and preparing weapons. As the planes are spotted, ack ack gunners take their positions and commence firing. Twenty-seven bombers take part in the raid and bombs can be seen hitting the ground but despite the smoke and fires, damage is slight and casualties few. Some of the damaged buildings in Darwin are shown, including the Bank of New South Wales, a church and some homes. (02:30)