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26-July-2015
26-July-2015
Photographs supplied by Bryan Cole
Plaque is dedicated to those who served on H.M.A.S. Canberra 1928-1942 and to those who lost their lives when the ship was attacked during World War Two.

On 9 August 1942, Canberra was struck by the opening Japanese shots of the Battle of Savo Island, and was quickly damaged. The Australian cruiser was able to avoid the Japanese torpedoes fired at the start of the engagement, but was on the receiving end of the Japanese cruisers' gunfire. The first two salvos killed or wounded several senior officers, disabled both engine rooms, damaged the bridge and 4-inch gun platform and forced the flooding of her 8-inch magazines. Within two minutes, the cruiser had been hit 24 times; she was immobilised, without power, and listing to starboard, with multiple internal fires and at least a fifth of her personnel dead or wounded. Unable to propel herself, the cruiser was evacuated and sunk in Ironbottom Sound by two American destroyers.

Location

Address:Sir Edwin Smith Avenue, South Australia Naval Memorial Garden , North Adelaide, 5006
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.914075
Long: 138.600534
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Multiple
Approx. Event Start Date:1928
Approx. Event End Date:1942

Dedication

Front Inscription
                 H.M.A.S. CANBERRA

                             1928
                                  -1942 

FLAGSHIP AUSTRALIAN SQUADRON
SOUTH ATLANTIC- INDIAN OCEAN-SOUTH WEST PACIFIC
                   NAVAL ACTIONS
'KETTY BROVURG' AND 'COBURG SUNK'
SUPPORT VESSELS TO POCKET BATTLESHIP 'ADMIRAL SCHEER'
LOST IN ACTION 'SAVO ISLAND' 9TH AUGUST 1942
          WITH U.S.N. HEAVY CRUISERS
ASTORIA - QUINCY - VINCENNES
DURING ASSAULT ON GUADALCANAL
DIED IN ACTION - 86       WOUNDED - 110
Presented by H.M.A.S. Canberra and Shropshire Association (S.A,)

 
Source: TOH, MA
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