RED SUN ON THE KANGAROO
JAPANESE AIR RAIDS AND ATTACKS ON
WESTERN AUSTRALIA DURING WORLD WAR II
BY KEVIN GOMM
70th Anniversary Commemorative Edition
Everyone knows that Darwin suffered Japanese air raids during world War II. Few are aware that Western Australia experienced raids on many more towns!
This missing piece of history is now told for the first time in this definitive account of those raids, conveying the fears of the time that Western Australia was under threat of a Japanese invasion.
The World War II period in Western Australia especially from early 1942 until 1944 is still a relatively little known chapter of Australia's history that has never been extensively explored. For most part the study of the extensive campaigns involving aerial raids on towns and centres in the North West that were conducted by the Japanese has never been fully exposed or examined. Basically so many people today just do not know. In the 21st century most of these locations are now more familiar as popular holiday or favourite fishing destinations. Very few are aware that at one time they were at the forefront of direct attack by aircraft from the Imperial Japanese Navy and Army Air Force.
it is not fully known nor ever likely to be as to how many incursions, particularly aerial reconnaissance took place in the total vicinity of Western Australian skies and waters by the Japanese. whilst certain events are more well confirmed than others, reports however such as submarines recharging the batteries at night at Two Peoples Bay near Albany and Jurien Bay are not.
The final death toll after the first air raid on Broome to this day is still unknown and probably will remain so. Whilst focus can be placed on more well-known intrigues elsewhere and overseas, so too does Western Australia possess some of its own wartime mysteries. Again Broome provides several examples of the most captivating. For example does a fortune in diamonds still life somewhere on the beach at Carnot Bay and if not, what happened to the rest of them!
An A4 sized soft cover book
Filled with many rare and archival photographs
"Australia @ War" WWII Research Products
© Peter Dunn 2015
This page first produced 22 December 2009
This page last updated 23 January 2020