Before we went to Darwin I knew little about the bombing in 1942 during WW2. It happened soon after the bombing of Pearl Harbour and was organised by the same Commander. It was a strategic bombing rather than an invasion as I had been taught in school. The Japanese were preparing to invade Timor. With Darwin being so close to Timor they could easily have helped defend Timor from the military bases protecting the northern coast of Australia. The information on these plaques provides a lot of really interesting information.