With the fall of Java land-based Japanese aircraft not only were now within 400 miles of a dozen Australian coastal cities, but able to support the long anticipated invasion of the land "Down Under."
The United States had its Pearl Harbor in Dec. 1941, Australia's Pearl Harbor was to occur just three-months later - at Broome on Australia's remote northwest coast. The similarities between the two attacks are remarkable: Both were surprise raids carried out by Japanese Navy aircraft, both resulted in minimal losses to the attacking force, both inflicted heavy casualties in life and Allied aircraft losses. By further coincidence, pearling was the main industry in Broome, which was situated on the shores of Roebuck Bay - a southern hemisphere "Pearl Harbor."Click: HERE