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The plaque commemorates those who were killed on board the Kuttabul during the Sydney Harbour bombings of 1942. 


Address:11 Murphys Road, Wommin Bay Memorial Walk, Kingscliff, 2487
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -28.234409
Long: 153.565574
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:29-May-1942
Actual Event End Date:01-June-1942


Front Inscription

May 29th
3:00am - Japanese subs arrive outside of Sydney Heads.
May 30th
4:00am - Japanese sent float plane over Sydney Harbour. 
6:30am - Due to fog float plane capsized. 
May 31st
5:25pm - 3 midget submarines are launched. 
9.48pm - 1st midget submarine caught in boom net.
10:35pm - 2nd midget submarine enters the harbour undetected following a ferry
10:52 pm - 1st submarine self destructs
11:03pm - USS Chicago spots 2nd submarine
11:14pm - 3rd submarine attacked by HMAS Yandra but didn't sink. 

June 1st
12:25am - Blackout. Garden Island flood lights turned off.
12:35am - 2nd sub fires on USS Chicago but misses target by 4 metres and hit the "Kuttabul"  
1:30am - 2nd midget got out of the harbour but ran out of fuel just outside Sydney head and sunk. It was found in 2006.
2:56am - USS Chicago sights the 3rd sub. 
3:50am - "Kanibla" shoots the 3rd sub down and is blown to the surface. 
5:00 am - 3rd sub is blown to the surface.  
They came into the harbour
To everyone`s surprise
The 21 that died that day
May they R.I.P where they lay
In Memory of those who went down with
The Kuttabul 

(Map of Sydney Harbour) 
* Where submarines were found

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