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ID number P05303.019
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print silver gelatin
Photographer Unknown
Place made Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin
Date made February 1942


The United States Army Transport (USAT) Meigs underway in Darwin Harbour some days before the Japanese air raid on 19 February 1942. USAT Meigs was laden with munitions, railway track, tracked machine gun carriers and trucks of the 2/4th Pioneer Regiment, which was destined for Allied forces in Portuguese Timor. However, prior to sailing she was attacked by Japanese aircraft. As the largest vessel in Darwin Harbour on the day of the attack, USAT Meigs was a prime target and she went down in flames after being struck by numerous bombs and aerial torpedoes. Two of her crew were killed. Ironically after the war, the superstructure of the wreck was salvaged by the Fujita Salvage Company of Osaka, Japan. Note the anti aircraft gun platforms mounted fore and aft.