Bombers target strategic Milingimbi

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Milingimbi students recently joined their community in commemoration of the Japanese bombings of the Top End island during World War II.

The three attacks in May 1943 aimed to destroy the Australian Army defenders, the RAAF airstrip and base, and cripple Milingimbi as a plane refueler.

Acting Assistant Principal of Milingimbi School, Dannielle Cairns, said Japanese occupied islands north of Australia were threatened by planes launched from Milingimbi.

“At the memorial site our students heard about the history of Milingimbi and the RAAF, and reminiscences about the community’s involvement in the war,” she said.

“The bombings are powerfully etched into the consciousness of our society, and the stories are being handed down through the generations .

“Compared to the Darwin bombings, much less is known about the attacks here. But Milingimbi contributed significantly to Australia’s defence, and the defeat of the Japanese.”

Students at the memorial service
Students at the memorial service

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