Photograph - HMAS Canberra, Solomon Islands, World War II, 1941-1942 Image Reg. No: MM 112356

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 HMAS Canberra, unknown provenance. Both the HMAS Canberra and the HMAS Hobart served with US Task Force 44 in 1942 and this image was probably taken during that year. The Canberra was lost on August 9, 1942 at the Battle of Savo Island during the invasion of the Solomon Islands.
Description:
Black and white photograph.
Description Of Content:
HMAS Canberra is pictured in the ocean in the centre of image. A group of men are pictured in a row boat in the foreground.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr (David) Goodwin
Acknowledgement:
Source: Museum Victoria
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 85 mm (Height), 109 mm (Width)

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, weapons, ships, row boats, battleships, oceans, people, canons, military shipping, rowers, 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 black ink below photograph: 'H.M.A.S. "CANBERRA" / LATER SUNK. / Solomon Is)'
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Photographer: Mr David Goodwin - Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Australia, 1941-1942
Place & Date Depicted: Solomon Islands, 1941-1942
Ship Depicted: Royal Australian Navy (RAN)

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