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ID number P02018.326
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass copy negative
Maker Hutchinson (Photographer)
Date made 15 September 1944


Two survivors of the sinking of two Japanese prisoner of war transports, are rescued from the sea by crew members probably of the USN submarine USS Sealion II (SS-315). Covered in oil and clinging to a makeshift raft, they drifted in the sea for several days after the sinking of the Kachidoki Maru and the Rakuyo Maru on 12 September 1944 by the US Navy submarines USS Pampanito (SS-383) and the USS Sealion II (SS-315) respectively. These two men joined the other Australian and British survivors rescued by USN submarines who were all eventually landed at Saipan in late September 1944 and then repatriated to Australia.