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Photograph - War-Sirdar Tanker After Bombing, Batavia, World War II, 25 February 1942 Image Reg. No: MM 112213

Summary:
Black and white photograph from a photography album by David Ralph Goodwin, RAN. The album contains 108 black and white photographs from World War II, many highly significant, showing sea battles (live fire), survivors, wounded and the dead being buried at sea. The photographs are secured with photo corners - a few now adrift. Includes images of German troops evacuating from Greece; German airborne troops in front of Junkers; airborne assault on Crete; Singapore burning; and later actions in Coral Sea. Includes a photo of HMAS Canberra, which was sunk on 9 August 1942, in the Battle of Savo Island.

David Ralph Goodwin was born 14 November 1921 in Mordialloc. He enlisted 11 May 1938 in Melbourne, service number 22112, and became an Able Seaman. During World War II he served on HMA Ships Perth (19 May 1939 - 28 August 1941) and Hobart (29 August 1941 - 4 September 1942) before being transferred to HMAS Cerberus (5 September 1942 - 21 July 1943), the Royal Australian Navy's Western Port training facility. He remained at HMAS Cerberus until June 1943 when he was diagnosed as suffering from anxiety neuroses. He was discharged on 21 July 1943. He formed the ex-HMAS Perth Association in 1966. David Ralph Goodwin died on the 4th of June 2011.

Image depicting the Australian tanker War-Sirdar after being bombed. The inscription mentions the February 1942 bombing of the tanker whilst the HMAS Hobart was refuelling and also states that the Hobart itself is moving away following the attack, it is therefore likely that the damage the War-Sirdar has sustained is from this incident.
Description:
Black and white photograph.
Description Of Content:
A ship is pictured leaving the War-Sirdar tanker in the foreground of image, the ocean is shown in the background, Batavia, Dutch East Indies.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin
Acknowledgement:
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 84 mm (Height), 108 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, naval vessels, world war ii 1939-1945, ships, tanks, oceans
Themes this item is part of: Able Seaman David Ralph Goodwin (aka Ralph Goodwin) (1921-2011), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: battleships
Inscriptions: Handwritten in grey pencil on the back of photograph: 'Leaving / "War Sirdar" after / she had been hit'

Handwritten in blue pencil on the back of photograph: 'Balavia'

Handwritten in white ink to the right of photograph: '"WAR-SIRDAR" TANKER FROM WHICH "HOBART" / WAS FUELING WHEN BOMBED. TANKER HIT. / NO FUEL :- NO JAVA SEA SURFACE ACTION.'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Photographer: Mr David Goodwin - Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, 1941-1942
Place & Date Depicted: Batavia, Java, Indonesia, 1941-1942

Comments

Maria malik Posted on 26 Feb 2013 6:17 AM
sea battles (live fire), surviors, wounded and the dead being buried a sea.
jenny garcia Posted on 26 Feb 2013 6:19 AM
i like the battle ship
jenny garcia Posted on 26 Feb 2013 6:26 AM
sorry i like this story

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