Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The sinking of the Montevideo Maru

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
1942 The sinking of the Montevideo Maru with the loss of approximately 1,053 mainly Australian lives.

About 610 Australian soldiers and 130 civilians perished when American submarine, USS Sturgeon, commanded by Lieutenant Commander WL Wright, mistakenly opened its torpedoes on the 7,267-ton transport, Montevideo Maru. The Japanese ship, carrying hundreds of Australian POWs, was sailing from Philippine waters off Cape Bojidoru, Luzon, westwards towards the South China Sea.

Although the sinking had been reported in Japanese newspapers, the American and Australian governments did not inform Australian loved ones anxiously wondering about the fate of the hundreds of victims until October 30, 1945 – more than three years later ...

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