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Flying Boat Wrecks in Roebuck Bay

Broome’s Roebuck Bay contains a sunken armada of historic flying boats from World War II, which is a unique archaeological resource. No other place in the world has such a collection of rare and historically signifcant flying boats, all of which were sunk in a matter of minutes of each other, creating a snap shot of a tragedy in Australia’s aviation history. This guide provides information on six of the wreck sites that are exposed during astronomical spring low tides. In total, fifteen flying boats were destroyed during an air raid by nine Mitsubishi A6M.2 ‘Zero’ fighters of the 3rd Kokutai (Aircraft Group), Imperial Japanese Navy, on 3 March 1942.



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