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10-May-2015
10-May-2015
Photographs supplied by Bryan Hardy

A plaque commemorates the crews of H.M.A.S. Perth and U.S.S. Houston which were sunk during World War Two.

The Battle of Sunda Strait was a naval battle which occurred during World War Two. On the night of 28 February – 1 March 1942, the Australian light cruiser HMAS Perth and the American heavy cruiser USS Houston faced a major Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) task force. After a fierce battle of several hours duration, both Allied ships were sunk.

696 men on board the Houston were killed while Perth lost 357 men. The captains of both cruisers were also killed. All but four of the survivors on HMAS Perth were captured as prisoners of war. Of the 320 who were captured 105 - almost exactly one man in three - died before they were liberated in 1945. The Houston's survivors also laboured and died as prisoners of war in Java, Thailand and Japan, the two main groups of Allied naval prisoners of war in south-east Asia.

Location

Address:Rockingham Beach Road & Governor Road, Naval Memorial Park, East Rockingham, 6168
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.261667
Long: 115.746667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2

Dedication

Front Inscription

In memory of the crews of 

H.M.A.S. Perth and U.S.S. Houston (CA 30)

"Still on watch in Sunda Strait"

Source: MA
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