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H.M.A.S. Waterhen : 24-October-2011
H.M.A.S. Waterhen : 24-October-2011
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates H.M.A.S. Waterhen which was sunk in 1941 during World War Two.

On 29 June 1941, Waterhen and HMS Defender were making the run to Tobruk when they were attacked off Sollum 19 Axis Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers (twelve German and seven Italian). The attack heavily damaged the Australian destroyer. Waterhen was hit in the stern by a single 500 kg (1,100 lb) bomb dropped by the Ju 87 piloted by Maresciallo  Ennio Tarantola (239th Dive Bombing Squadron, Regia Aeronautic), which caused the immediate flooding of the engine and boiler rooms. Defender took Waterhen in tow, but at 13:50 on 30 June 1941, the destroyer rolled over and sank. She was the first ship of the Royal Australian Navy to be lost by enemy action in World War Two.


Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:29-June-1941
Actual Event End Date:29-June-1941


Front Inscription


LOST IN ACTION  29. 6. 41

Source: MA,SKP
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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