The Hon Warren Snowdon MP today paid tribute to the Katherine Community on coming together to mark the 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Katherine.
91 Japanese bombs fell on of Katherine on March 22nd,1942.
Some of the damage from these bombs is still visible today, both at the old aerodrome and at the Gallon License Store, where a large crater outside the front door acts as a perpetual reminder.
In the bombing of Katherine, there was one tragic loss of life, Mr Dodger Kodjalwal.
I would like to pay my respects to his family here today. It was only by sheer luck that more people were not killed.
The trail of destruction on the small town and fear of further attacks saw many families sent south to safety.
The Fall of the Daisy Cutters, named after the bombs that were dropped on Katherine, is a Commemorative Book that marks the 75th anniversary, it has been written in Mr Kodjalwal’s memory.
The Katherine Township has had a long and rich defence history.
The town has played a significant role in the strategic security of the North and Australia, dating from the time Australian and Allied Military personnel were based in or passed through town between 1939-1945, right up to the present day with the Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal fully operational, alongside the Army’s North-West Mobile Force, which also has a detachment at the base.
In marking this 75th anniversary of the Bombing of Katherine, we thank all those who served, both military and civilian, that we may now enjoy our hard-won freedom. Lest we forget.