Photograph - HMS Exeter Under Fire, Gaspar Strait, World War II, 1941-1942 Image Reg. No: MM 112290

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 under attack. According to the inscription this took place on the Gasper Straits, Indonesia. The HMAS Hobart travelled through the Gaspar Strait in February 1942 along with several other vessels, including the Exeter. The group suffered from air attacks and it is possible it is this attack that is depicted here. The HMS Exeter was sunk on March 1, 1942.
Black and white photograph.
Description Of Content:
HMS Exeter is pictured in the centre of image surrounded by explosions and smoke in the ocean.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 79 mm (Height), 106 mm (Width)

More information

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
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: battles & battlefields
Inscriptions: Handwritten in grey pencil on the back of photograph: 'Gaspar Straits'

Printed in black ink on the back of photograph: 'KODAK / PRINT / VELOX. (repeated)'

Handwritten in white ink underneath photograph: 'SOMEWHERE BEHIND THIS IS "EXETER"'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Photographer: Mr David Goodwin - Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, 1941-1942
Place & Date Depicted: Gaspar Strait, Indonesia, 1941-1942
Ship Depicted: Royal Navy (RN)

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