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Photograph - HMAS Hobart Battle Ensign, Coral Sea, Solomon Islands, World War II, May 1942 Image Reg. No: MM 112325

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 from the time that Goodwin served on the HMAS Hobart depicting the "Battle Ensign" of the HMAS Hobart. According the inscription the ensign was flown for the invasion of the Solomon Islands. Although the HMAS Hobart provided cover for the invasion of Singapore, she was not present at the Battle of Savo Island when the USS Astoria and the HMAS Canberra were lost on August 9, 1942.
Black and white photograph.
Description Of Content:
Battle ensign is pictured. Image taken looking up towards flag. Ropes and mast are also shown in image.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 108 mm (Height), 85 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, ships, flags, battleships, ropes, pacific war 1941-1945, pacific islands
Themes this item is part of: Able Seaman David Ralph Goodwin (aka Ralph Goodwin) (1921-2011), Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, The Royal Australian Navy
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: battleships
Inscriptions: Handwritten in grey pencil on the back of photograph: 'Battle Ensigna / (indecipherable) / "White Ensign" / Invasion of Solomons'

Printed in blue ink on the back of photograph: 'SUITABLE FOR TRANSMISSION THROUGH / THE POST (NOT FOR PUBLICATION)'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Photographer: Mr David Goodwin - Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, 1941-1942
Place & Date Depicted: Solomon Islands, May 1942

Coral Sea
Ship Depicted: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

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