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Photograph - HMS Exeter, Sunda Strait, World War II, 1941-1942 Image Reg. No: MM 112278

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 HMS Exeter in the Sunda Strait. The HMAS Hobart served with the Exeter in February 1942 as part of the Eastern Striking Force, it is possible that this image dates to this time. The HMS Exeter was later sunk on March 1, 1942.
Description:
Black and white photograph.
Description Of Content:
The cruiser HMS Exeter ar sea, Dutch East Indies.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin
Acknowledgement:
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 89 mm (Height), 120 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, ships, fires, smoke, battleships, 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 black ink underneath photograph: 'H.M.S. "EXETER" / OPENS.UP. / SUNDA STRAITS.'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Photographer: Mr David Goodwin - Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, 1941-1942
Place & Date Depicted: Sunda Strait, Indonesia, 1941-1942
Ship Depicted: Royal Navy (RN)

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