Legendary World War II raid object reunited with a ship at Darling Harbor

The Australian National Maritime Museum recently obtained historical material related to Operation Jaywick, the Allied commando raid in Singapore under Japanese occupation during World War II.Article reunited now MV CrateThe original ship of Operation Jaywick on display at the Museum in Darling Harbor, Sydney.

“Objects, fake Japanese flags, medals and knives are of great national importance to Australia,” the museum said in a statement on Tuesday. The item is currently in the National Maritime Collection and will be integrated with the ship for Sunday’s Anzac Day.

Originally belonged to Lieutenant Hubert Edward “Ted” CurseThe object, which was the commander of Happiness Maru on the mission, was sold via at the end of last year. Auction in London..

Their purchases were made possible by the families of the Curse brothers and the National Cultural Heritage Account, a grant program funded by Australian public cultural organizations to purchase important items.

“This kind of relic provides a valuable opportunity to explore and strengthen our understanding of the past,” said Paul Fletcher, Minister of Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and Arts.

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Lieutenant Hubert Edward “Ted” Curse, Commander of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, Happiness Maru (public domain)

Considered one of World War II’s most daring missions, Operation Jaywick was a secret attack in September 1943. 14 commanders and sailors of Australia’s top secret Z Special Operations Special Operations attacked the Port of Singapore and sank six ships at the Limpet mine.

Fourteen men impersonated Malay fishermen and sailed from Exmouth Gulf, Western Australia, to Subor Island, 11 kilometers from Japan-occupied Singapore. They were captured by the Japanese Navy and went to the harbor on the Happiness Maru, originally named Happiness Maru.

The Allies escaped safely after damaging seven ships and did not allow them to act. The Japanese never understood how the ship was sunk and blamed the local Singaporeans.The historic assault was announced at hero, 1989 UK-Australia TV miniseries.

“Objects are a historically important physical representation of our military heroism in World War II. They participate in other iconic objects from Krayt and Operation Jaywick in the collection. “Fletcher said. “MV Crate has been rented to the Maritime Museum by a colleague at the Australian War Memorial and forms a proud part of our floating fleet.”

“This is not only a preservation, but also an opportunity to showcase historically important objects that reflect Australia’s experience in World War II,” he said.

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