8 June 1942 – The Attack on Newcastle

Fort Scratchley gun firing

80th Anniversary of the shelling of Newcastle

8 June 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of the shelling of Newcastle, Australia, during World War 2.

In the early hours of 8 June 1942, the Japanese submarine I21 fired 34 shells at Newcastle covering a wide area but with one causing damage to a house in Parnell Place and another damaging the nearby tram terminus.

At 2.28am, the guns at Fort Scratchley fired on I21.

This documentary produced by Stories Of Our Town reveals the importance of Newcastle to the war effort of WWII and why huge resources were put into protecting the city.

 

 

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