A bit of World War II history: Darwin, Australia, took more bombs than Pearl Harbor, during World War II.
We learn this from the Australian Broadcasting Corp. story on the recent rediscovery of a large bomb crater there:
Map of Australia, from Australia.com
Bomb crater found in Darwin CBD
It has been confirmed that a large hole uncovered by earthworks in Darwin’s CBD is a bomb crater probably created during the first Japanese raid on Darwin in 1942.
The crater was spotted by a passing motorist who reported it to the Department of Heritage.
Archaeologist Silvano Jung has now investigated the site and says it is almost certainly a bomb crater.
“Judging by the diameter of the crater, it was probably a 1,000 pound bomb, or a 500 kilo bomb, dropped by a medium bomber either from Java or Ambon [in Indonesia],” he said.
“Most likely on February 19  as well.”
Mr Jung says the bomb crater will become a special part of Darwin’s history.
“Often it’s the small things in history that are really important and given that this is the only one, it makes it unique. It’s a unique hole in Darwin,” he said.
Darwin was subjected to 63 bombing raids during the war, with more bombs dropped on the city than Pearl Harbour.
Now we study bomb craters in archaeology.
According to some reports, it is the sole surviving bomb crater from the war, in Darwin:
Northern Territory heritage Minister Karl Hampton said the exciting discovery on McMinn Street provided a clear link with the past.
“World War II is an important part of the Territory’s history and identity,” Mr Hampton said in a statement released on Wednesday.
“Territorians are proud of our unique history, and we now have another attraction no other capital city can match – an authentic World War II bomb crater.”