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AWM c1941

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Hague June 1942

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Sydney Harbor (Sydney Harbour) borders Sydney in New South Wales in Australia. Sydney Harbor includes Rose Bay. Inside the Harbor are a number of islands including Garden Island. The Sydney Harbor Bridge built in 1923 spans Sydney Harbor between Milsons Point on the north shore and Dawes Point in The Rocks area of the south shore.

Wartime History
During World War II, Sydney Harbor was used by Australian and American warships and vessels. On March 28, 1942 ocean liner RMS Queen Mary enters Sydney Harbor but is large to dock and personnel board a ferry to reach shore.

Japanese missions against Sydney Harbor
May 29, 1942–June 8, 1942

Japanese attacks against Sydney
During the night of May 31, 1942 into the morning of June 1, 1942 Sydney Harbor was the target of three Japanese midget submarines: M22, M24 and M27. Also during the night of June 8-9, 1942 Japanese submarine I-24 shelled both Sydney and Newcastle.

HA-21 Type A Midget Submarine (M22)
Scuttled by the crew May 31, 1942 at 10:35pm, later salvaged and displayed at AWM

HA-24 Type A Midget Submarine (M24)
Sunk May 31, 1942 discovered November 12, 2006

HA-14 Type A Midget Submarine (M27)
Sunk May 31, 1942 later salvaged and displayed at AWM

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Last Updated
August 7, 2021


May 31-June 1, 1942

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