|Place||Oceania: Australia, New South Wales, Sydney|
|Object type||Black & white - Film copy negative|
Keam, Ronald Noel
|Place made||Australia: New South Wales, Sydney|
|Date made||1 June 1942|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain
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Several men watch as a Japanese midget two-man submarine is raised from the harbour bed. The ...
Several men watch as a Japanese midget two-man submarine is raised from the harbour bed. The Japanese submarine, which attempted a raid on shipping in Sydney Harbour on 31 May 1942 was rammed and sunk by gunfire before it could fire its torpedoes. A second submarine which successfully entered the harbour fired one of its torpedoes in an attack on USS Chicago, missed and hit the barracks ship HMAS Kuttabul, a converted ferry, and exploded, killing 21 naval ratings. The fate of this submarine was not known at the time; it was subsequently discovered on the seabed off the Northern Beaches in November 2006. The third of the two-men submarines became entangled in the harbour boom in its attempt to enter the harbour; her crew subsequently blew the submarine up.