Len Henderson, Dudley Thrift, William 'Billy' Griffin, Frederick Darmody, Harold Howes and Stanley Williams interviewed by Louise Darmody regarding the events of 8 August 1942 when RAAF Short S23 Empire Flying Boat A18-11 crashed and sank whilst attempting to rescue survivors of a Japanese submarine attack on the MV Mamutu

Unit Royal Australian Air Force
Accession Number S05254
Collection type Sound
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; AMPEX 456; 7 1/2 ips/19 cm.s; stereo; 7 inch
Maker Darmody, Louise
Date made 5 August 1992
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

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Description

MV Mamutu was near Daru, New Guinea on 7 August 1942 when the vessel was shelled by Japanese submarine RO-33 and sank with the loss of 114 lives. Empire Flying Boat A18-11 was deployed on 8 August 1942 to rescue the survivors, however sustained damage on landing and sank, killing one crew member Rigger George Edwards. The remaining crew deployed inflatable life rafts and were joined by Mamutu survivor Billy Griffin who swam several hundred metres through rough water from the wreckage of a Mamutu lifeboat. They landed near the Fly River on 10 August, made their way on foot to Kikiri, and arrived by lugger in Port Moresby on 28 August 1942.

  • Listen to Len Henderson, Dudley Thrift, William 'Billy' Griffin, Frederick Darmody, Harold Howes and Stanley Williams interviewed by Louise Darmody regarding the events of 8 August 1942 when RAAF Short S23 Empire Flying Boat A18-11 crashed and sank whilst attempting to rescue survivors of a Japanese submarine attack on the MV Mamutu