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Photograph - 'Dutch Destroyer Hit By Jap Bombers', Gaspar Strait, World War II, 1941-1942 Reg. No: MM 112289
- 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 a Dutch Destroyer that has been hit by Japanese bombers. According to the inscription this took place on the Gasper Straits, Indonesia. The HMAS Hobart travelled through the Gaspar Strait in February 1942. RNS De Ruyter, Tromp, Java and Van Ghent were all present during this crossing. One of these ships is therefore likely to be the one depicted.
- Black and white photograph.
- Description Of Content:
- A Dutch destroyer is pictured after being hit by Japanese bombers. Black smoke is pictured coming from the ship to the right of image.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin
- Source: Museum Victoria
|Dimensions:||79 mm (Height), 106 mm (Width)|
|Tagged with:||wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, ships, smoke, battleships, oceans, explosions|
|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|
|Tertiary Classification:||battles & battlefields|
|Inscriptions:||Handwritten in grey pencil on the back of photograph: 'Dutch Destroyer / Hit by Jap bombs. / Gaspar Straits'
Printed in black ink on the back of photograph: 'KODAK / PRINT / VELOX. (repeated)'
Handwritten in white ink underneath photograph: 'SUNDA STRAITS / DUTCH DESTROYER HIT BY JAB BOMBERS'
|Format:||Photograph: Black & White|
|Photographer:||Mr David Goodwin - Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, 1941-1942|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Gaspar Strait, Indonesia, 1941-1942|
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