Ten weeks after Pearl Harbour at 9.58am on 19th February 1942 the very same Japanese naval attack task force bombed Australia for the first time. In fact it was the very first time that Australia had ever been attacked in its history. More ships were sunk, more bombs were dropped and more civilians died in Darwin, the Northern Terrority, than earlier at Pearl Harbour.
The man who had led the attack on Pearl Harbour, Mitsuo Fuchida, was in command of this first attack on Darwin. It had been launched from four carriers, Akagi, Soryu, Hiryu and Kaga, about 500km to the northwest.
The US destroyer Peary was sunk with the loss of 80 lives.