|Place||Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Timor Sea|
|Measurement||image: 115 x 153 cm|
|Physical description||pastel and synthetic polymer paint on paper|
|Place made||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
The fatal wounding
Jan Senbergs collaborated with Col Madigan, one of the Armidale survivors to create this work which forms part of a series of ten pastel drawings depicting the sinking of HMAS Armidale on 1 December 1942. There were eighty three crew and sixty six soldiers on board when Japanese torpedo bombers and Zero fighters finally sank the Armidale after a fatal two day battle. Ted Sheean, a seventeen year-old gunner, can be seen here strapped to the Oerlikon gun and still firing as the ship went down.