|Measurement||14 min 09 sec|
|Object type||Home movie|
|Physical description||8mm standard/colour (Kodachrome)/silent|
Tuckerman, Victor Ernest Montague (Monty)
|Place made||At sea|
|Date made||19 February 1942|
|Access||Open - view only|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
|Copying Provisions||Copyright restrictions apply. Permission of copyright holder required for any use and/or reproduction.|
Darwin Raid [Monty Tuckerman home movie: HMAS Warnambool, Darwin bombing raid and Ambon evacuation]
Chief Petty Officer Monty Tuckerman's home movie footage of the bombing of Darwin.
Film reel opens with a handcrafted intertitle, "Darwin Raid", which is ignited with a burning taper. The following scenes are taken from the deck of HMAS Warnambool at sea, showing thick smoke and sometimes flames rising from different ships in Darwin Harbour, various shots of a ship sinking, and others listing; brief shots of a lifeboat full of people, sailors aboard Monty's ship, a red sunset. Monty later identified stricken ships as: HMAHS Manunda; USS Peary; SS Zealandia; USAT Meigs; the Neptunia, and MV British Motorist.
Further scenes relate to ship board life, showing: Monty's fellow crewmen in antiflash gear; sunsets; shorelines; Dutch evacuees from Ambon, (Ambon Island, Indonesia) coming aboard from ship's boats; evacuee children (likely children of Ambon's Governor), standing on the deck with sailors, one of whom is pushing a baby pram; Monty smoking a pipe and laughing at the camera; ship's crew bringing pieces of an aircraft on board; various shots of shorelines as the ship is moving; a sailor receiving a hair cut on deck. (The barber is likely to be the ship's medic, who gave haircuts to crew members in return for a small fee).
Video of Darwin Raid [Monty Tuckerman home movie: HMAS Warnambool, Darwin bombing raid and Ambon evacuation] (video)