The Ghosts Of Roebuck Bay: The 1942 Bombing Of Broome And It's Tragic Aftermath



The Ghosts Of Roebuck Bay: The 1942 Bombing Of Broome And It's Tragic AftermathThe Japanese Attack On Broome Is The Second Most Deadliest Air Raid On Australian Soil In Our History And Yet It S Almost Entirely Overlooked On March , Nine Japanese Zero Planes Strafed The Small Town Planning To Destroy The Aerodrome And American Planes With No Notice, The Townsfolk Could Only Put Up Minimal Opposition And In An Attack That Lasted Only An Hour, Almost One Hundred Men, Woman And Children Lost Their Lives Not A Single Operational Aircraft Remained In Broome, But The Shocking Loss Of Human Life Can Never Be Truly Calculated The Ghosts Of Roebuck Bay Tells The Story Of This Tragedy, Shining Light On A Story That Has Slipped Through The Cracks Of History A Captivating Tale Of Refugees And Soldiers, Of Reputations Made And Lost, Of Survival And Spirit That Resonates To Today

Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Ghosts Of Roebuck Bay: The 1942 Bombing Of Broome And It's Tragic Aftermath book, this is one of the most wanted Ian W. Shaw author readers around the world.

!!> PDF ✫ The Ghosts Of Roebuck Bay: The 1942 Bombing Of Broome And It's Tragic Aftermath ✓ Author Ian W. Shaw – Heartforum.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • The Ghosts Of Roebuck Bay: The 1942 Bombing Of Broome And It's Tragic Aftermath
  • Ian W. Shaw
  • English
  • 20 March 2019
  • 1742612369

10 thoughts on “The Ghosts Of Roebuck Bay: The 1942 Bombing Of Broome And It's Tragic Aftermath

  1. Jonny says:

    Within a short while, the sea took most of what had been left behind in Roebuck Bay Just a few weeks after the Japanese aircraft flew away, another Dutchman passed through Broome and walked out at low tide to see where so many of his countrymen had died In his diary, he described how he looked out on the sand and mudflats, searching for souvenirs, anything to remember the other evacuees who had died there, so near their journey s end What he found was a place of eerie silence with a few sadWithin a short while, the sea took most of what had been left behind in Roebuck Bay Just a few weeks after the Japanese aircraft flew away, another Dutchman passed through Broome and walked out at low tide to see where so many of his countrymen had died In his diary, he described how he looked out on the sand and mudflats, searching for souvenirs, anything to remember the other evacuees who had died there, so near their journey s end What he found was a place of eerie silence with a few sad mementos of what had transpired in that place Rotting suitcases with men s, women s and children s clothing, bags, hats, shoes covered by a thin layer of mud in the barnacle encrusted destroyed airplanes Soon, even that was gone and just the frames of the great flying machines were left The bodies of the Dutch men, women and children killed in the attack and buried alongside the beach at Roebuck Bay did not rest there for long In April, they were joined by the four victims of the Pelikaan, and in August September 1942, all the bodies were reinterred in the Broome War Cemetery After some pressure from the Dutch authorities and the families of the dead, the remains were once again removed from their resting place in January 1950 The bodies of four Dutch naval personnel and 31 Dutch civilians were reinterred in the Netherlands oor Lagegraven, a shrub lined section behind the Garden of Remembrance in the Perth War Cemetery The Dutch community in Perth holds a service there each May to commemorate the end of World War II in Europe and the sacrifices of the Dutch The service includes placing a rose at the headstones of the 35 Broome victims buried there.The remains of the other Roebuck Bay victims were repatriated to Indonesia and the Netherlands Those reinterred in Indonesia rest in the Dutch Cemetery of Honour, located in the Menteng district of Jakarta. All too often in military history, it s down to the big picture, big units with masses of tanks, generals and mass movements There s absolutely none of this here, which is worth a 5 star hit on its own.In early 1942, the small town of Broome suddenly earned a new lease of life after its pearl fishing industry had collapsed after World War One As a seaplane anchorage, it became pivotal in the evacuation of Dutch and civilians and military personnel and U.S forces from the Dutch East Indies This air bridge attracted the attention of the Japanese which inevitably led to an air attack on the seaplane anchorage and airfield.The ten minute attack and it s tragic aftermath make up the bulk of the book, following the harrowing experience of families under air attack and struggling in the water The longer term story follows the struggle for survival of the Dutch crew of a DC 3 and their passengers, forced down during the attack.Broome s fate in the aftermath of the attack, in the light of fears about potential Japanese invasion and the fate of the survivors round off the book.The book is remarkably well written, gripping and is an excellent example of how to bring home the effects of one small episode in the wider war Highly recommended as a brilliant example of making the little story extraordinary and highlighting the human effects of war

  2. Jeff Patchett says:

    The Ghosts of Roebuck Bay, is a view into the tragic past of how war came to the isolated town of Broome Untaught history, when I was at school An insight into how people react under exceptional circumstances How did I visit these places in the seventies and not no.

  3. Aaron says:

    very interesting reading about how close Ww2 was to our shores

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *