Marking 79 years since the largest single attack mounted by a foreign power on Australian soil, the bombing of Darwin Ceremony, 2021 features a reenactment of that day. Joining the reenactment, a Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18A/B Hornet from No. 75 squadron based at RAAF Base Tindal conducted a fly-past over Darwin. On February 19, 1942, 242 Japanese fighters and bombers attacked Darwin in two separate raids. Attacking the town, ships in Darwin's harbour and the town's two airfields, they attempted to prevent the Allies from using them as bases to contest the invasion of Timor and Java during World War II. Bombs rained down on the town, on nearby airfields and ships in the port, killing more than 230 allied service personnel and civilians, and wounding more than 300 people. More bombs were dropped on Darwin in this attack than on Pearl Harbour in Japan’s surprise military strike against the US just six weeks earlier.