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14-April-29017
14-April-29017
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A plaque commemorates H.M.A.S. Voyager which was lost in action in September 1942 during World War Two.

On 22 September 1942, Voyager embarked 250 reinforcements for the Timor guerilla forces and sailed for Betano with the intention of landing the troops in last light and retiring.

During disembarkation operations the following night, 23 September, Voyager ran aground, hard ashore on the beach in Betano Bay. The next day she was sighted by a Japanese reconnaissance bomber escorted by a fighter. Defiant to the end she shot down the bomber, but since the inevitable following attack was expected, it was decided to abandon ship. The first of a series of bombing raids began mid afternoon, such that by the evening there was no alternative to the detonation of demolition charges, thereby destroying the ship. On 25 September HMA Ships Kalgoorlie and Warrnambool (I) safely evacuated the ship's company.

Location

Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:24-September-1942
Actual Event End Date:24-September-1942

Dedication

Front Inscription

H.M.A.S. VOYAGER
Lost In Action
September 24th 1942

Source: MA,SKP
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