Re: 19 February 1942
Not to downplay this attack, but it is very pale in comparison to Pearl Harbor. And very pale in comparison to many other WWII battles/attacks. Therefore, no one should feel bad for not knowing. It is great that the Aussies are recognizing this event. But lets not compare it to Pearl Harbor (article states: But the world remembers one and barely recalls the other).
Attacked by 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes in two waves, launched from six aircraft carriers. All eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged, with four being sunk. Of the eight damaged, six were raised, repaired and returned to service later in the war. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and one minelayer. 188 U.S. aircraft were destroyed; 2,402 Americans were killed and 1,282 wounded. AND OF COURSE THE START OF THE PACIFIC WAR for the Allies.
Attacked by 188 Japanese aircraft. Eight ships had been sunk - including the American destroyer, the USS Peary - 22 aircraft destroyed, dozens of buildings crushed and more than 240 people killed.
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