Ordinary Seaman Neil F. Roberts interviewed by Alexandra Torrens about the sinking of HMAS Kuttabul by a Japanese Midget Submarine in Sydney Harbour on the night of 31 May - 1 June 1942.

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Accession Number S01996
Collection type Sound
Measurement 12 min 59 sec
Object type Oral history
Physical description BASF DM 120 DAT
Maker Roberts, Neil F
Torrens, Alexandra
Roberts, Neil F
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Northbridge
Date made 17 September 1997
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

Discusses: early life; enlists in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) at age 19 years; training at Flinders Naval Depot; posted to Sydney; on sentry duty four hours on and four hours off; quartered on HMAS Kuttabul; on board when vessel torpedoed by Japanese midget submarine; describes escaping the sinking ship; an unexploded torpedo found at Gun Wharf; sent to hospital for recovery; mentions New Zealander Colin Whitfield and describes injuries Colin incurred as a result of the explosion; returns to sentry duty at Gun Wharf; attack by Japanese at Bondi and Newcastle; posted to corvette HMAS Dubbo; sea patrols; reaction of local people to Japanese attack. END TAPE
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