4 Mar 2012

World War II air raid anniversary marked

7:02 am on 4 March 2012

More than 1000 people gathered in Broome, Western Australia, on Saturday for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Japanese air raids on the town in World War II.

On 3 March, 1942, nine Japanese fighter planes attacked Roebuck Bay, destroying 22 planes and killing more than 80 people.

Many of those killed were Dutch refugees who had fled Java.

WA Premier Colin Barnett, the Dutch Ambassador and survivors were among those present when a plaque was unveiled at Bedford Park, which overlooks Roebuck Bay.

The ABC reports the Dutch Ambassador was travelling to Beagle Bay to thank the Aboriginal community for its help on that day.