The loss of HMAS Canberra, 9 August 1942

On 9 August 1942 the Australian heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra was lost in action in the Solomon Islands, some eighteen hundred kilometres off the North Queensland coast. Crippled in a short but ferocious engagement with a force of Japanese cruisers in the early hours of the morning, the RAN ship was abandoned and sunk at 8 a.m. by allied vessels before they withdrew from the area.

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HMAS Canberra
(Photo from the personal effects of Captain F.E. Getting)
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