Group portrait of Midget Submarine trainees in training in Kure, Japan. Identified front left is ...

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Accession Number 128880
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 5x4" safety base
Maker Unknown
Place made Japan: Kure
Date made c 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Group portrait of Midget Submarine trainees in training in Kure, Japan. Identified front left is Lieutenant (Lt) Keiu Matsuo; and rear left is Lieutenant Kinshi Chuma both commanders of Midget Submarines launched from carrier submarines I-22 and I-27, in the attack on Sydney Harbour on 31 May 1942. Lt Chuma's submarine was caught in the boom net and blown up by its crew of two. Both of the officers were among the four bodies subsequently recovered.